Green and yellow beetle in Ethiopia
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
October 27, 2010 12:28 pm
Hi Mr Bugman – I am writing to ask your assistance in identifying a green and yellow beetle. The first flew into my house a couple of weeks ago in a , and the second after I moved to the fifth floor of an apartment block at the top of a hill in the city of Addis Ababa. They have both since left my home.
I named the first one Marius, and the second Julius (Te-See-Zar is Amharic language word for beetle). I would like to know what they eat/drink and their sleeping patterns (hibernation etc…) so I can make a comfortable home for them if they return.
They are the only two of this kind of beetle I have ever seen, so it seems a strange co-incidence that they both came to my home, were not able to fly away, seeming sluggish in their efforts, and after a couple of days of rest, vanished without a trace.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.
Signature: Billy Moon

Scarab Beetle: Pachnoda stehelini

Hi Billy,
Your beetle is one of the members of the large family Scarabaeidae, the Scarab Beetles.  It somewhat resembles the Green June Beetle or Figeater from North America, and we are guessing it is probably in the same subfamily, Cetoniinae, the Fruit and Flower Chafers.  We are guessing, that like many of its relatives, it will feed upon ripe fruit.  Next time try a banana or a peach.  Most Scarabs do not hibernate, but they will live for a few months as adults.  We believe your specimen looks very similar to
Pachnoda stehelini which we found on the Cetonidae Online Insect Museum website run by Benjamin Harink.  We then found some photos of living specimens on  There are also very nice images of it on Beetlespace.

Scarab Beetle: Pachnoda stehelini

Thank you very much for your reply. I have looked at the links you sent me. It is all very interesting. I will try a banana, or maybe some flower pollen next time.

2 Responses to Scarab Beetle from Ethiopia: Pachnoda stehelini

  1. patricia says:

    When these scarabs began to show up in our community garden they went after grapes and tomaoes, enmass. Some months after they were gone, while tirning over some composite soil, I unearthed some large grubs. They epwere about two inches long and almos 1/4″ wide and cream colored. Would have been great fish bait for someone. All years I’ve gardened never saw these things show up until the scarabs appeared. Just this last year during winter inunearthed one in my balcony compost pot. And being in different area these scarabs showed up here as well for about 3 months. I believe these grubs are scarab beetle larva. What else? And what say you?

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