Flower Chafer from Zimbabwe: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Subject: Green beetle identification
Location: Zimbabwe
February 27, 2016 6:27 am
Hi there,
I found an interesting bug that looks similar to the fruit chafer in Harare Zimbabwe. I was wider ing if I could send you a picture for identification?
Kind regards gordon
Signature: Gordon

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana
Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Dear Gordon,
While your individual shares many characteristics with the Regal Fruit Chafer,
Ranzania splendens, it is actually a Flower Chafer, Dicranorrhina derbyana, a species represented several times on our site.  According to iNaturalist:  “These attractive beetles are mainly present in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa” and there are at least six subspecies that represent differences in color, markings and other bodily attributes.

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