Plant-eating beetle found on citrus
March 13, 2010
I found this bug and 20 of his friends on some new stems from a citrus tree I have in my backyard.
It appears to be eating the new shoots and flowers.
All have the same speckled carapace, and measure about 1.5cm long.
They looks almost like an African Black Beetle in form, but a bit bulkier.
Hope you can help me!
Sydney, Australia

Mango Flower Beetle

Hi Christian,
Your beetle is a Scarab known as the Mango Flower Beetle or Mottled Flower Scarab, Protaetia fusca.  We quickly located it on the Brisbane Insect Website.
We located a pdf with much information on this species.

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