Hermit Flower Beetle (Osmoderma eremicola)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Hermit Flower Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 8/8/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Harmless yet stinky, the Hermit Flower Beetle is quiet, minds its own business and doesn't hurt anything, like some people in a way.
Hermit Flower Beetle larvae are large and white grubs that reside inside dead or rotting wood and logs. They don't harm trees; they just take advantage of the space created by dead/dying ones. The species helps break down dead tree tissue, returning nutrients back into the ecosystem. Adults have the ability to emit a noxious odor when frightened. The smell is difficult to describe, but definitely pungent and obvious. Those familiar with tree bark tannery practices have likened it to a type of leather. Adult Hermit Flower Beetles are attracted to lights at night.