Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Garden fruit chafer

Pachnoda sinuata


The species is part of the large family Scarabaeidae, which also include the scarabs and dung beetles. This species is large with a smooth carapace. Colouration is variable but basically yellow with dark brown central area broken by yellow spots and a transverse yellow line across the rear of the elytra.


It ranges widely in South Africa and thus are found in a variety of habitats. They are commonly found in gardens..


Adult beetles feed on flowers and fruit, often destroying them in the process which makes them unpopular with gardeners. While commonly found on exotic plants like roses and camellias, these beetles also feed on a range of indigenous plants including Acacia

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 6 years ago

Thanks Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Nice series

Wendy Clapham
Spotted by
Wendy Clapham

Swartland Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 5, 2013
Submitted on Oct 7, 2013

Related Spottings

Pachnoda Garden Fruit Chafer Brown-and-Yellow Fruit Chafer Taxicab beetle

Nearby Spottings

Plated Footman Morea Molokoloko Tar Darkling Beetle