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White Spoted Fruit Chafer

mausoleopsis amabilis

Description:

A small, black and shinny body with defined white spots. This is a smaller member of the Scarab and Dung beetles and while attracted to fruits they will also eat flowers, polon and nectar. This particular one has favoured the flowers of the star jasmin and has been slowly selecting and eating the petals for a few days. Young develop in domestic animal dung (horses, goats) or fertiliser on the gardens.

Habitat:

Forest, Garden and savanah

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Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 26, 2018
Submitted on Nov 26, 2018

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