Scarabaeidae Coleoptera Click to enlarge image
Scarab Beetle, Scarabaeidae Coleoptera Image: Bruce Hulbert
© Bruce Hulbert

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    punctatum
    Genus
    Neorrhina
    Subfamily
    Cetoniinae
    Family
    Scarabaeidae
    Super Family
    Scarabaeoidea
    Suborder
    Polyphaga
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    1.4 cm - 1.8 cm

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

Habitat

Flower chafers live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Distribution

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

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.