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Pachnoda flaviventris

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Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

Depending on the species, flower beetles in the genus Pachnoda are 1 to 3 cm long. They are usually yellow and black, with various patterns.

Country of origin

South Africa
French name
Cétoine Pachnoda
Scientific name
Pachnoda flaviventris
English name
Flower beetle
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae
Living environment

Diet

They eat ripe fruit, sap, pollen and nectar.

Habitat

They live essentially in tropical forests.

Geographic distribution

They are found throughout Africa in the tropical zone.

Ecological role

As part of the food chain, they play an important role in maintaining a balance in their natural habitat.

Special behaviour

When trapped, a Pachnoda flower beetle releases a chlorine-smelling chemical to defend itself. This can be an effective means of defence against predators.

Before mating with a female, a male rocks from side to side in a nuptial display.

The colours displayed by the different species in the genus Pachnoda are similar to the flowers on which these beetles feed.

Interesting facts

Status

Species in the genus Pachnoda are fairly common in the wild and are commonly reared in captivity.

Popular beliefs

The drawings on the shields of some African tribes are based on the patterns on flower beetle elytra.

In some African countries, busy mothers give their children a small flower beetle on a string to play with.

The beetle makes a noise as it flies around, and such a kite-like toy can keep a child amused for hours. Flower beetles are heat-loving diurnal insects. Flower beetles are very popular in Japan, where more and more people are rearing and collecting them.

Interesting facts and curiosities

In some African countries, busy mothers give their children a small flower beetle on a string to play with. The beetle makes a noise as it flies around, and such a kite-like toy can keep a child amused for hours.

Flower beetles are heat-loving diurnal insects.

Flower beetles are very popular in Japan, where more and more people are rearing and collecting them.

At the Insectarium

Visitors can sometimes hear a sort of thrumming sound created by the wings under the elytra on the flower beetles. This occurs when the vivariums get warm.

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