The Spangled Flower Beetle resembles a bee when flying, 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 is black with a gold rim around its pronotum or shoulder area. Light speckles are scattered across its wing coverings. It flies with these wing coverings, or elytra, closed. Most beetles lift the elytra like the doors of a DeLorean 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.
The grubs of this beetle can be found in ant nests. They emerge as adults in late summer, seek shelter to ride out the winter, 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.