Subject: Beetle Identification
Location: Malwa plateau,India
September 7, 2013 7:38 am
Hello Bugman,first time submitter long time visitor,great job you people are doing :).I have found some interesting critters from Madhya Pradesh, India and i am very good at following clues in my google searches but these two buggers i can’t identify (one is a hoverfly and second one is a beetle)..All photos are mine.BTW,what if i find a new species?
We believe we have correctly identified your Scarab Beetle as a White Spotted Fruit Chafer, Mausoleopsis amabilis. We began with a web search of “spotted scarab India” and found a funny blog called Elephant’s Eye with some photos that look very similar to your beetle. Armed with a name, we found numerous sites including BioDiversity Explorer with images of the White Spotted Fruit Chafer from South Africa. Project Noah places the species in India as well. We will also attempt to identify your Hover Fly.