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Friday, May 10, 2013

Large Black Nest Chafer (Diplognatha gagates)

Family Scarabeaidae
Large beetles with a body length of 22-32mm.
 Larvae develop in roof thatching, large birds nests and compost heaps.

Adults feed on green vegetation, fruits and sap, larvae on bird droppings.
Info: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa


Gaelyn said...

So incredibly shinny I can see your reflection.

Thomas S Anand said...

Massive ones and yes shinny too. Nicely captured.

Thomas (

Jo said...

Beautifully captured, Joan. You are so good with photographing insects and knowledgeable about these creatures and other SA wildlife as well. Have a great weekend. Jo