Scarab from Kenya: Pachnoda species

Subject: scarab?
Location: nairobi, kenya
October 27, 2013 10:22 am
Dear Bugman
What do you reckon
a scarab?
Very bright orange, lovely marking in black white and brown on the legs and undercarriage
About an inch and a half long
Signature: jasmin

Scarab Beetle:  Pachnoda species
Scarab Beetle: Pachnoda species

Hi jasmin,
You are correct that this is a Scarab, and we believe we may have identified it as a member of the genus
Pachnoda.  We found a photo that looks very close on Cetonidae – The Online Insect Museum where it is identified as Pachnoda sinuata flaviventris.  We found another photo on FlickR and finally, Wikipedia has information on the entire genus.  We are postdating your submission to go live on Halloween, the final day in October when Americans dress in costume and carve pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns.  The colors associated with Halloween are orange and black, like your Scarab.  

Oh Perfect I’ll look out for that on Halloween
I thanks so much for the ID. I will look them all up with the kids.
It was a beauty!
Kind regards

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