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Spangled Flower Beetle (Euphoria sepulcralis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Spangled Flower Beetle

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The Spangled Flower Beetle resembles a bee when flying, but acts like all other flower-loving beetles when it lands.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Scarabaeidae
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          Genus: Euphoria
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            Species: sepulcralis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Euphoria sepulcralis
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 15mm (0.47" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white
Descriptors: flying, speckled, shiny

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 12mm (0.5in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 12mm
Md: 13.5mm
Hi: 15mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Spangled Flower Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Spangled Flower Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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