Tropinota squalida

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Tropinota squalida
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Tropinota
T. squalida
Binomial name
Tropinota squalida
(Scopoli, 1783)
  • Scarabaeus squalidus Scopoli, 1783

Tropinota squalida is a species of beetle belonging to the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae.

These beetles are mainly found in France, Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, Portugal, former Yugoslavia, Spain, in the Near East and in North Africa.

Tropinota squalida pilosa Tropinota squalida pilosa Brulle, 1832 (3937814618).jpg
Tropinota squalida pilosa

Larvae feed on roots, while the adults can be encountered from May through July feeding on flowers. They are 10–15 millimetres (0.39–0.59 in) long.

Head, scutellum and elytra are dark-brown, with a thick and long tawny hair on elytra and abdomen. Elytra show two series of white spots on the sides of the central hull. Scutellun is rounded and hairy, but glabrous in the posterior. The fifth humeral slot is bifurcated.


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