Beetle Bee-mimic

It is nearing the end of National Pollinator Week, so I thought I would show one of the less typical pollinators – one that seems to try its best to look like a typical pollinator…

"The bee chafer beetle, Trichiotinus assimilis."

The bee chafer beetle, Trichiotinus assimilis.

This beetle will usually be found covered in pollen, but night-time showers appear to have washed this rose and beetle clean. The bee chafer mimics bees not only by its appearance but it also has a typical bee buzz when it takes off and flies.

Thanks to BugGuide for the ID.

(Photographed at the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area, Alberta. Canon T2i, EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens and diffused Canon 270 EX II flash. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f16.)


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  1. Sean McCann 22 June, 2013 at 10:05 AM #

    I remember this genus from Florida… I have a feeling they are not very common here on the coast. I wish they were!

  2. Carole 22 June, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

    Thanks for the ID. I’d taken pictures on some of these beetles that I saw here in northwest Florida in May and hadn’t gotten around to identifying them.

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  1. By Expiscor (24 June 2013) | Arthropod Ecology on 24 June, 2013 at 6:12 AM

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