Animal Species:Punctate Flower Chafer Beetle

The flower chafers are usually attractively coloured beetles with striking enamelled or metallic patterns.

Punctate Flower Chafer Beetle

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Standard Common Name

Punctate Flower Chafer Beetle

Size range

1.4 cm - 1.8 cm

Distribution

Flower chafers are found from central New South Wales to northern Queensland. About 10 species (in the family Scarabaeidae) occur in the Sydney region. The Punctate Flower Chafer is one of the most common.

Habitat

Flower chafers live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

Flower chafers feed on nectar and are often found among the petals of flowers, particularly Angophora and Eucalyptus blossoms.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Flower chafers are unusual beetles because they fly with their wing cases closed (most beetles lift their wing covers well clear of the body). The larvae of flower chafers are white and live in rotting wood or decaying vegetable matter.

Classification

Species:
punctatum
Genus:
Neorrhina
Subfamily:
Cetoniinae
Family:
Scarabaeidae
Superfamily:
Scarabaeoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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