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Species Euphoria inda - Bumble Flower Beetle

Hairy Flower Beetle - Euphoria inda Bumble Flower Beetle pollinating pawpaw - Euphoria inda Diptera - Euphoria inda Euphoria inda? - Euphoria inda Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae - Euphoria inda beetles in apple - Euphoria inda Scarabaeidae: Euphoria inda - Euphoria inda
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)
Tribe Cetoniini
Genus Euphoria
Species inda (Bumble Flower Beetle)
Other Common Names
Brown Fruit Chafer
Explanation of Names
Euphoria inda (Linnaeus 1764)
inda = 'clothed'
11.8-16.4 mm(1)
Yellow/brown elytra marked with black, lots of yellowish hairs on thorax. Probably mimic of bumblebees, it has buzzy flight.
An uncommon dark form was previously considered a separate subspecies, E. inda nigripennis (2).
transcontinental (BC-QC to AZ-FL) / Mex. - Map (3)(GBIF)
Fields, meadows
mostly: Mar-May, Aug-Oct(3)(GBIF, BG data)
Adults emerge in the late summer, overwinter, and then become active in the early spring, thus the bimodal curve in activity(1)
Adults visit flowers. Sometimes damage flowers. Also take rotting fruit, corn, sap, other plant juices.
Life Cycle
Larvae in decaying wood, vegetation, and especially, dung(4). Eggs deposited in summer near these food sources. Males often seen searching for newly emerged females.
Larvae are associated with Formica ants(1)
in Indiana, "Mar 20 -- Aug 17. On the first warm, sunny days of spring this [beetle] comes forth in numbers and flies close to the ground with a loud buzzing noise like that of a bumble-bee, for which it is often mistaken. When captured it defends itself by emitting a strong, pungent chlorine-like odor. A second brood is said to appear in September. The larva live in rotten wood, beneath chips and other woody debris. The adults are often found sucking the juices of roasting ears, peaches, grapes and apples, and sometimes do much damage."(5)
See Also
E. hirtipes Horn
- Range: CO-NE, ND(1)