Saturday, April 26, 2014

Oriental Flower Beetle

An Oriental Flower Beetle, Protaetia orientalis, caught in a dish of water in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  This rather pretty, though invasive, beetle is native to East Asia but has gained a foothold in Hawaii.  The Oriental Flower Beetle feeds on flower pollen, nectar, fermenting sap, and damaged fruit.  It likely arrived in Hawaii along with imported fruit or flowers and has since spread to multiple islands.

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