Bumble Flower Beetle
 
Location: Pakowski Lake, AB
Date: Aug. 18, 2012
               
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Bumble Flower Beetle

Common Name:  Bumble Flower Beetle

Latin Name:  Euphoria inda Linnaeus, 1758
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:  11.8 - 16.4 mm

Range: Alberta

Habitat:  Meadows and fields

Time of year seen: Spring and Fall (Additional Sightings)

Diet:  Rotting fruit and nectar

Other:  The Adult Bumble Flower Beetle makes a distinct Bumble Bee like buzz when it flies.  The beetles overwinter as adults, emerging in the spring to mate and lay their eggs.  Females lay their eggs in manure, rotting wood and moist decaying plant material.  After the eggs hatch and the c-shaped grubs feed and reach maturity, they pupate.  The next generation of adults emerge from  mid summer to early fall.  As cold weather sets in the adults burrow into the soil and over winter.  The coloration of the adult beetles ranges from dark red brown to yellow brown. (Cranshaw, W.)

 
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