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  Punctate Flower Chafer (Polystigma punctata)





Punctate Flower Chafer | Polystigma punctata photo
Punctate Flower Chafer, Polystigma punctata, on a fennel flowerhead. Swifts Creek, Victoria

Image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Punctate Flower Chafer is a common beetle in eastern Australia during summer. It is a pale brown beetle with large black spots on the thorax and wing covers. The abdomen is yellowish with black bands and a few black spots on the rear end.

Size
length 20mm

Habitat
forest, woodland

Food
feeds on flowers

Breeding
The female Punctate Flower Chafer lays eggs in the ground. The larva develops in the ground where it pupates before emerging as an adult in summer.

Range
found from northern Queensland to central New South Wales



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Scarabaeidae
Genus:Polystigma
Species:punctata
Common Name:Punctate Flower Chafer