Delta Flower Scarab

Delta flower scarab clinging to flower
Scientific Name
Trigonopeltastes delta
Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

The delta flower scarab got its name from the bright yellow triangle on its pronotum (“delta” is the Greek letter that’s a triangle). The yellow pattern might help protect it, since the beetle resembles a stinging wasp.

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

Other Common Names
D Beetle
Delta flower scarab adults eat pollen, nectar, and/or other parts plants in the carrot, daisy, and mint families, including goldenrod, coneflower, rattlesnake master, and Queen Anne’s lace. The larvae live in rotting wood.
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