Large Black Nest Chafer

Diplognatha gagates

Large Black Nest Chafer

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Diplognatha gagates on the tree bark
Photo by TOUROULT Julien (CC BY 4.0)
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Diplognatha gagates is a species of flower beetle (Subfamily: Cetoniinae). They're distinctively shiny black. However, newly emerged adults tend to have a reddish tinge to them. The larvae spend their lives developing in roofing thatch, as well as large birds nests and compost heaps! The adults feed primarily on the foliage, flowers and sap of various plants but the favoured species are unknown. The larvae, who sometimes reside in birds nests, feed upon bird droppings.
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Appearance

These beetles are medium-sized (around 3cm). They're shiny red-black, with a large and bulbous pronotum. The legs and heads are black too.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

These beetles are widely distributed across the Southern coastal regions of South Africa

Biological treatment

The benefits this beetle provides the wider ecosystem outweigh any negatives. These beetles may end up in a garden if there are birds nests nearby. If these are causing you bother in the garden, they can be picked off any desirable plants and relocated. However, they probably won't stick around for too long.

Chemical treatment

No specific chemical control for this beetle.

Attracts

These beetles are attracted to diverse habitats with a large selection of indigenous plants.
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