Oriental Flower Beetle in Hawaii

Subject: A beetle?
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
November 11, 2016 10:06 pm
Just want to know if this kind of bug is known to bite?
Signature: Kim

Oriental Flower Beetle
Oriental Flower Beetle

Dear Kim,
The Oriental Flower Beetle,
Protaetia orientalis, is an introduced species in Hawaii that is considered an invasive species that feeds on fruit.  We would not rule out that it might bite, but its real threat to Hawaiians is not the threat of a bite, but the damage that is done to fruiting trees.

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