The Spangled Flower Beetle is a Scarab Beetle resembles a bee in flight, but acts like all other flower-loving beetles when it lands.
Spangled Flower Beetles are a type of Scarab Beetle. The members of this family love flowers and have varied reputations; some are pests, while others are truly beneficial in the garden. Scarab Beetles have very short antennae with little knobs at the ends. They use them to smell.
The Spangled Flower Beetle flies with its elytra closed. The elytra are the wing coverings for a beetle; black with speckles on it in this species. Most beetles lift the elytra like the doors of a DeLorean car (from "Back to the Future") in order to give the transparent wings room to flap. Because this beetle flies with its elytra folded down, the insect may look more like a bee in flight than a beetle.
This grubs of this beetle can be found in ant nests. They emerge as adults in late summer, overwinter and make another appearance in the spring of the next year. Both larvae and adults are nocturnal, but adults may sometimes active during the daytime.
Scientific Name: Euphoria sepulcralis
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 15mm (0.47in to 0.59in)
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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.