White-Spotted Fruit Chafer

Mausoleopsis amabilis

White-Spotted Fruit Chafer

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A close up photograph of a white-spotted chafer Mausoleopsis amabilis
on a daisy
Photo by magriet b (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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The White-Spotted Fruit Chafer is a shiny-black scarab beetle with white spots. They may be found feeding on blooms in gardens but generally occur in low numbers. They're attracted to fruit baits and sap flows, and sometimes they'll be found in birds nests! The larvae, which look like C shaped grubs, develop in horse and goat dung.
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Traits

The adults will nibble on flower petals, hiding in the buds.
Flower chafers are important pollinators.

Appearance

Adults: These beetles comprise some subspecies that look incredibly alike. They grow between 1-1.3cm. They're shiny black and possess 1-3 large, white dots per wingcase (elytra). Some individuals may possess smaller spots.

Symptoms

Medium-sided black and white beetles on flower heads.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Africa

Biological treatment

These beetles tend not to be in too high abundance. Plants seem to withstand the damage they inflict on them too.

Attracts

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