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Bumble flower beetle (<em>Euphoria inda</em>)
05-APR-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Bumble flower beetle (Euphoria inda)

These beetles come out in early spring, fly low and erratically close to the ground, and in general look like bumblebees. But they are not. They are scarab beetles in the Genera with the delightful name, Euphoria! They are relatively large, about 12 mm, up to 16mm according to Bug Guide. Also according to the latter, the adults feed on nectar and pollen, as well as tree sap and the juice of rotting fruits.

I first saw one of these in early spring a few years ago and thought that I was looking at a bumblebee, but when it buzzed by me again (and it does buzz, just like a bee) I saw it was a funny, fat beetle. Unfortunately, it vanished and I never saw any again until today when there were several flying around near a colony of ground nesting bees.

Photo taken in Dunrobin.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/640s f/4.0 at 5.0mm iso100 full exif

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janescottcumming06-Apr-2012 22:08
You find the neatest things! Great text too. V
jean-yves chamberland06-Apr-2012 20:00
very nice close-up capture Christine!
Chris(tine)06-Apr-2012 19:49
Amazing looking beetle. We don't have them here but there are one or two 'false' bees and wasps.
Linda Johansson06-Apr-2012 16:46
Superb macro! Very interesting information from you as always! V
Julie Tremblay06-Apr-2012 10:58
Interesting. I will try to keep my eyes opened for these little critters. V.
Stephanie06-Apr-2012 08:20
It's a bee wanna-be! Super capture and info Christine! V
Happy Easter!
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Yvonne06-Apr-2012 07:26
Wonderful to read your notes - a superb shot! v
Hank Vander Velde06-Apr-2012 02:29
Nice sharp shot and good info Christine.
Sheila05-Apr-2012 23:39
That is so quaint! LOL.
Very interesting info.
Karen Stuebing05-Apr-2012 22:20
It does look like a bumble bee. You find and photograph the most amazing things. Fabulous close up. V.
Patricia Kay05-Apr-2012 21:31
Wonderful macro Christine ...Its great to see the little creatures after the long winter...BV
Jim Coffman05-Apr-2012 21:24
Spring brings out a multitude of little creatures.. Nice macro,Christine..
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