Flower chafers

Also called fruit chafers, many of these robust, squarish, slightly flat beetles are brightly colored and often shiny. The head may have projections of varying lengths, which are usually more developed in males.

• LlFF CYCLE Eggs arc laid in decaying plant matter, dry carcasses, and the ground. The larvae eat rotting plant material, dung, and wood; the adults mostly eat plant sap, pollen, and fruit.

• OCCl JRRFNCF Worldwide, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. In any well-vegetated habitat.

► strong claws shiny surface

Larval are C-shaped, and can wriggle along on their backs when exposed.

> DlCRONORHINA DERHYANA specimens may be less striped than the one shown here, with larger green areas.

< AdE SIR ATA I.I I/ONICA is so called because it is found only in I Ai/.on, in the Philippines.

all species keep elytra together in flight

PACHNODA SINIJATA is a stout species from South Africa. It has several forms, in varying patterns of yellow and black. There arc more species of this genus in tropical Africa than anywhere else.

sides of elytra concave to allow hint/wings to fold out black-and-yellow coloration


antennae less than half length of body vnooth, hairless body

> ElMOI.Pl .s s plc i ps are found in tropical parts of South America and are typical of this family in appearance.

p robust antennae

• curved tibiae


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