Dark Flower Scarab

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Dark flower scarab clinging to a flower
Scientific Name
Euphoria sepulcralis
Family
Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)
Description

The dark flower scarab is a scarab beetle that apparently eats pollen, nectar, and perhaps other parts of flowers in late spring and also sometimes in fall, sometimes becoming an agricultural pest. In flight, they buzz like a huge bee.

The larvae grow up beneath manure or other decaying materials.

The dark flower scarab is also called the spangled flower beetle, for the white marks on the dark background that give it a star-spangled look.

Learn more about this and other scarab beetles on their group page.

Similar species: There are several other members of genus Euphoria in North America. Some are quite similar to this species. Others are brown or have brownish patches. Some, interestingly, are green and are nearly identical to the green June beetle, which is in a different genus.

Other Common Names
Spangled Flower Beetle
Size
Length: to about ½ inch.
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