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Green Protea Beetle

Trichostetha fascicularis

Green Protea Beetle

A close up photograph of Trichostetha fascicularis Protea Beetle against a white background
Trichostetha fascicularis (Linné, 1767) (5519259139) by Udo Schmidt (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Green Protea Beetle is a pretty, medium-sized metallic-green Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae) belonging to the Fruit Beetle subfamily (Cetoniinae). These beetles will feed on various fruits and flowers, but these particularly favour the flowers of Protea shrub. They burrow deep within the flowers, munching the pollen and sucking up nectar. While doing this, pollen sticks to their bright-orange hairy stomachs! They are clumsy flyers, creating a loud buzz when in flight between plants.
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Traits

A beautiful beetle that can help pollinate Protea flowers!

Appearance

Adults: These beetles are medium-sized (2.5cm). They are distinctive, making them easy to identify. They're a metallic emerald green, the elytra possess distinctive grooves and punctures that run horizontally down the wingcases. Tufts of orange hair are visible from above, this hair covers the stomach and catches pollen as the beetle feeds. Larvae: The grubs (larvae) spend their entire lives below ground, developing in the soil.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

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 Proteas nearby. If these are causing you bother in the garden, they can be picked off any desirable plants and relocated.

Chemical treatment

No specific chemical control for this beetle.

Attracts

These scarabs are attracted to habitats containing Proteas.

Protea

Protea spp.

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