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Green Rose Chafers ♂ ♀ (copulation) and Jewel Beetle ♂

Cetonia aurata (copulation) and Anthaxia nitidula nitidula


Cetonia aurata desctiption: Rose chafers are capable of very fast flight; they do it with their wing cases down thus resembling a bumble bee. They feed on flowers, nectar and pollen, in particular roses (from where they get their name); which is where they can be found on warm sunny days, between May and June/July, occasionally to September. It has metallic green colouration (but can be bronze, copper, violet, blue/black or grey) with a distinct V shaped scutellum, the small triangular area between the wing cases just below the thorax, and having several other irregular small white lines and marks. The underside is a coppery color. Anthaxia nitidula nitidula description: It is located in the right corner on the 1st photo. The adults are 5 – 7 mm long and are pollinators. The male is completely metallic green, while head and pronotum in the female are red and elytra are green. Main host plants of wood-boring larvae are in genus Amygdalus, Crataegus and Prunus.


Anthaxia nidula nidula is present in most of Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone, in the Near East and in the North Africa.


Related spotting (Anthaxia nidula nidula ♀) spotted on the same location some time ago: and other spotting of Cetonia aurata: and .

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Spotted on May 28, 2013
Submitted on May 28, 2013

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