For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Close-up of an Emerald Fruit Chafer (Rhabdotis aulica) Scarabaeidae

This specimen was only about half an inch in length but they do grow a bit bigger than that. I was outside having my coffee when he flew onto my shoulder. I guess he wanted me to take pictures of him too and was not shy about letting me know.

He very obliginly fell over so I could take a picture of his underside too. How kind of him.
The adults feed on flowers and fruits.
Larvae develope in goat and cattle manure. (Yuck!!) :)

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