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  1. Neorrhina_punctatum_2 Feeding by L. von Richter
  2. Neorrhina_punctatum_2 1.4-1.8cm long by L. von Richter

Spotted Flower Chafer

Neorrhinia punctatum

Appearance

  • It is a beetle
  • Size: 1.4 – 1.8 cm long
  • Colour: yellow with black spots
 

Behaviour

Diet: Adults are active in the daytime and are often found among the petals of flowers. They are important pollinators of many flowering plants, feeding on nectar and pollen.  Various species of flower chafers often form gregarious, mixed groups particularly on prolific flowering plants.

Flight: Flower chafers are fast-flying, alert beetles, ready to take off if threatened. In flight, the elytra are not opened but slightly raised only, to allow the second pair of wings to spread and operate (most beetles lift their wing covers well clear of the body).

 

What to Observe

  • How many: Was it seen with other beetles?
  • Presence (to establish the first and last sighting for the season)
  • Type of flower it was found on (write in additional comments section)'

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

Any changes in flowering times of adult food may affect presence of beetles, potentially bringing them forward in time if flowering occurs earlier (Ian Endersby, personal communication). 

When To Look

Spring and summer

Where To Look

  • The Spotted Flower Chafer is common in the Great Dividing Range and the coastal plains of eastern Australia from Victoria to north Queensland.
  • QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC

References

‘A Guide to the Beetles of Australia’ George Hangay and Paul Zborowski. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood, Vic. 2010.

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