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.
Scientific Name: Osmoderma eremicola
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 30mm (0.98in to 1.17in)
Colors: black, brown
Descriptors: flying, smelly, stinky, odor, large, dark
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.