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Gymnetis flavomarginata (Cetoniinae) - Harlequin Flower Beetle, Arizona Jewel Beetle - Gymnetis thula - male

Gymnetis flavomarginata (Cetoniinae) - Harlequin Flower Beetle, Arizona Jewel Beetle - Gymnetis thula - Male
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
October 25, 2003
I do not know if either of the common names are recognized; I found each used once. This species is native to the southwestern US, but this specimen was rescued alive by my daughters from a swimming pool in downtown Orlando. After some intense web-browsing we correctly identified it ( However, as it is not native to Florida, we contacted M. C. Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville, who confirmed the identification and requested it for the collection as it is the only Florida record (it is now G. flavomarginata #1 in the collection). It was identified as a male by markings on the abdomen. How it arrived in Florida will never be known, but it could be an escape as this species is cultivated for the collector trade. (Image by Elizabeth O'Connell)

Found in Florida
I just found one in an Floridian neighborhood (Orange County). I'd never seen one before and wanted to know what it was. Very cool bug!

found on balcony in DT Orlando
I found a beetle that looks like this one on my balcony near my plants this morning (Downtown Orlando). Commenting due to the original comment saying that they have not been on Florida record until recently.

Gymnetis Flavomarginata
My daughter and I just found this beetle today. I went to research what kind of beetle it was and came accross your information here. Thank you! We also live in Florida (Ocoee just outside of Orlando), so I am guessing the population of this beetle in Florida has grown since 2003. Thank you again for your information.

Now: Gymnetis caseyi

Gymnetis flavomarginata
Gymnetis sallei

are now considered synonyms of:

Gymnetis caseyi

See taxonomic note and other information here

MQ, Austin

Texas Beetle Info

Neat story
Neat story. A very nice beetle too.

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