Subject: Beautiful Beatle from South Africa
Location: White River, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
January 11, 2017 7:34 am
I came accross a beautiful bug in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa in the Lowveld. It is quite large and has a velvety feel over the wings with three orange and three white spots on each wing. It also has a snout that protrudes from its face. I found it close to the Lichi tree at my office in December which was bearing fruit. Do you maybe from the photograph attached know what type of beetle this is?
Signature: Regards, Pava
We confirmed the identification of this Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer, Mecynorrhina passerinii, thanks to this image posted to iSpot. According to iNaturalist: “These beetles feed on sap of the Bridelia micrantha” and “This species can be found in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.” The “horn” on your individual indicates it is a male. We have an image of a female Orange Spotted Fruit Chafer in our archives.