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.