Species Trigonopeltastes delta - Delta Flower Scarab
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Species delta (Delta Flower Scarab)
Other Common Names
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus delta Forster
Explanation of Names
Species name "delta" refers to the triangular pattern on the pronotum, which resembles the Greek letter, Delta, i.e., Δ.
2 spp. in this genus n. of Mex. (1)
Distinctive medium-sized beetle with yellow-orange to brown and black elytra, with striking triangular pattern on pronotum.
Spmn from central Texas
Meadows with flowers.
Mostly: Jun-Jul (Full: May-Nov) (BG data)
Adults take pollen and/or nectar. (Possibly eat vegetative parts as well?) Food plants include Goldenrod (Solidago), Feverfew (Parthenium), Coneflower (Echinacea), and Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccafolium).
Mating occurs on flowers. Larvae are found in decaying wood, e.g., stumps, and have also been found in bromeliads.
Perhaps the Delta pattern on the pronotum, combined with the orange coloration of the elytra is mimicry of wasps, such as...
Paper Wasp, Polistes fuscatus/Southern Yellowjacket, Vespula squamosa
, but pattern of this species distinctive
Deyrup and Kenney, Florida's Fabulous Insects,
page 95 (5)
Harpootlian, p. 122, fig. 241 (2)
White, Field Guide to the Beetles,
plate 8 (6)
- Mike Quinn, 2011
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Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
|2.||Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina|
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
|3.|| A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.|
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
|4.||Insects of North Carolina|
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
|5.||Florida's Fabulous Insects|
Mark Deyrup, Brian Kenney, Thomas C. Emmel. 2000. World Publications.
|6.||Peterson Field Guides: Beetles|
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.