Long-Legged Flower Chafer

Campulipus limbatus

Long-Legged Flower Chafer

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A insect on the ground
A Long-Legged Flower Chafer is a medium-sized black and orange-brown insect, native to Southern Africa. See these beetles clumsily flying about on a sunny summers day. They will feed on the flowers of plants but rarely leave plant damaged. They sound a little like a bee when in flight. There's a handful of species similar to a Long-Legged Flower Chafer, displaying different tones of metallic colouring. They're attracted to diverse habitats containing lots of different flower families. Their undersides are covered in hairs making them important pollinators.
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Traits

They pollinate plants while they eat!

Appearance

Adults: A medium-sized scarab beetle (1.4cm) that appears slightly flattened. The head, pronotum and legs are all black; however, the pronotum has two orange curved bands. The elytra (wingcases) are a deep orange-brown with black markings, which can be variable between individuals. The legs show many fine spines and are long relative to the bodies length.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

South Africa

Biological treatment

It's not recommended to remove these beetles from the garden.

Attracts

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