Subject: Yellow and Black Beetle
Location: Island of Philae, Lake Nasser, Egypt
November 22, 2012 7:20 pm
Kia Ora Bugman, On a recent visit to Egypt I saw this beetle, but I can’t find a picture online (so far) that will identify it for me, can you help please
Signature: thank you muchly
Dear thank you muchly,
We cannot, at this time, identify this lovely Scarab Beetle to the species level, but we believe it is on an Acacia tree, which might help with the identification.
Thank you for having a look for me. it really was amazing to see it, and I only had about 5 seconds to take the photo, because it took flight and buzzed off louder than a bumble bee.
Once again, thank you for looking
Hi again Steve,
We tried searching again and your beetle looks similar to this Pachnoda fissipuncta aemula that we found on the Goliathus.com website, and we believe they might be related, possibly even in the same genus. Continued searching led us to this Pachnoda marginata on the Afripics website. The photo on BioLib also looks like a close match to your beetle. The Keeping Insects website provides the common name Sun Beetle, and states of the subspecies: “Pachnoda marginata peregrina, is the most common pet beetle there is. This is mainly because their developmental time is short, rearing is easy and the adults have a nice bright yellow color”.
Correction Courtesy of Karl
It definitely looks like a species of Pachnoda but the posterior dark patches on the elytra of P. marginata don’t look large or bold enough. How about P. savignyi? Here is another good set of photos. Several species and subspecies are very similar and I believe they may be referred to collectively as Sun Beetles. Regards. Karl
Thanks for the correction Karl. We chocked the inconsistancy in the patches on the elytra up to individual variation or perhaps subspecies differences.