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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

Sun Beetle

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. 

Hi Daniel,
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
Hi Daniel:
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.

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5 Responses to African Scarab Beetle is Sun Beetle

  1. Michael says:

    I know this is about a year and a half later but I live in South Africa and we have bettles very similar to this in almost every garden that feed on Acacias. They’re called African fruit beetles or Pachnoda sinuata. The markings differ a little but it strikes a close resemblance.

    • bugman says:

      Hi Michael,
      The Pachnoda sinuata we found on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums website does bear a striking resemblance to the Sun Beetle we have posted. We have already determined that the genus is the same as the name you provided, but we are not prepared to commit to an actual species designation for the individual posted on our site.

  2. kerry says:

    Plenty of these in my Cape Town garden . They hatch from small pods in my compost heap . I’m also trying to find a name for them and an article on the life cycle .

  3. Mohammed Abdelfattah says:


    I found this beetle in my garden. I live on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. I have an image of the beetle but I can’t seem to upload it as an attachment.

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