African Fruit Beetle

Pachnoda sinuata

African Fruit Beetle, Garden Fruit Chafer / Brown-And-Yellow Fruit Chafer (Eng.), Vrugtetor (Afr.)

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Easily recognized by its yellow and dark-brown appearance. A common garden pest where they feed on fruit and flowers of various plants.
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Traits

Feed on fruit and flowers.

Appearance

Distinctive brown-and-yellow.

Symptoms

Holes in fruit which results in fruit spoils.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Found all over South Africa.

Biological treatment

The larvae, white grubs, are commonly found in compost heaps. The Hadeda-ibis is known to be a predator of these beetles. Also, if you have chickens in your garden, they will also control the larval stage of these beetles.

Chemical treatment

No specific chemical control for this beetle.

Attracts this pest

Fruit (especially grapes) and flowers (especially roses, proteas, carnations and dahlias)
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