Location: Orlando, FL
July 20, 2012 5:45 pm
We live in Central Florid and saw this beetle on our screen. Have never seen one like it and can’t find it in any of our books. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Susan L
This distinctive looking Scarab Beetle is Gymnetis caseyi, commonly called a Harlequin Flower Beetle. You can find out additional information on BugGuide. Interestingly, in all the years we have been running this website, we can only locate one other example in our archive.
Thank you for the information. In the 10 years we’ve been in Central Florida, we’ve never seen one. Do you know if it is common to this area?
BugGuide lists them in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. They may be more common in some areas than others.