Subject: What kind of beetle?
Geographic location of the bug: Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
Time: 06:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Can you please help me identify this kind of beetle, and whether it is good to have in my garden or not?
How you want your letter signed: Ashley Jarrett
We quickly identified this Scarab Beetle as a Spotted Flower Chafer, Polystigma punctatum, thanks to the Brisbane Insect site. iNaturalist refers to the species as the Punctate Flower Chafer, Neorrhina punctatum. According to Jungle Dragon: “In a short season they appear in numbers suddenly then equally suddenly they are gone.” According to Climate Watch: “Adults are active in the daytime and are often found among the petals of flowers. They are important pollinators of many flowering plants, feeding on nectar and pollen. Various species of flower chafers often form gregarious, mixed groups particularly on prolific flowering plants.”