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Insect: Fruit Chafer Beetle

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AjayB
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Insect: Fruit chafer Beetle

Unread post by AjayB » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:33 pm

Need some help please from the pros on these critters please. Forgot to ask for help while I was there for these 3 and i am fresh out of insect reference literature!

The tor of some sort from Letaba . Stunning with dark almost hint of purple wings when he flew. Came in and landed, sat for a while buzzed off and then came back about 5 mins later to the EXACT same spot in the tree. Very big for a tor at least 50mm long with that shovel thing on his nose.
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(Regal Fruit chafer)

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by AjayB » Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:48 am

No amateur entomologists willing to take a stab and put me out of my ID misery.....Please :pray: :D

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by BushSnake » Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:13 pm

Hi

Unfortunately I can only help with the first "tor". It is a female Dicronorrhina derbyana. It is one of the big fruit chafer beetles and really is a stunning thing. Unfortunately I don't have a book with me to see what the english common name is but if I remember correctly it is depicted in the guide to insects of SA.

The other two... well both are definitely goggas!
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by AjayB » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:57 pm

Thanks Bushsnake :) She is really something else. I did ask around about her actually but no-one knew and then I forgot to check with one of the staff. I have certainly never seen one quite as big as her. The common old garden black and yellow one is about half the size and doesnt have that shovel thing on its nose either.
One down .....2 to go !!

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Insect: Fruit Chafer Beetle

Unread post by kjii » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:43 pm

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Re: Who knows this beetle

Unread post by PAPA SMURF » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:14 pm

Hi kjii

I think it is one of the Fruit Chafer's -- One of the Scarabaeidae family
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