Thursday, June 28, 2007

Delta Flower Scarab

Delta Flower Scarab (Trigonopeltastes delta)

This has got to be one of the most colorful and distinctive beetles around. I found this one feeding on some slender mountain mint behind the garden. Because they have little economic importance (i. e. they neither destroy crops nor cause disease), not all that much is known about Delta Flower Scarabs. The adults feed on flower nectar and pollen. Larvae of this family live in decaying wood.

Source: BugGuide