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Bumble Flower Scarab

Euphoria inda (Linnaeus)

Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Cetoniinae, Tribe Cetoniini


Bumble Flower Scarab - Euphoria inda (Linnaeus)

Utley, Bastrop County, Texas 
February 28, 2007 (B Freeman)

You know that the sun MUST be out for them to fly...
Can be the same temp but no sun, no beetles...
They drop to the ground and dig in as soon as it gets cloudy...
I ain't kidding either.

Texas County Range Map for Euphoria inda

Bumble Flower Scarab - Euphoria inda (Linnaeus)


Range: Eastern United States, west to New Mexico.

Flight Period: End of February to August in Texas per specimens in TAMUIC

Food: Adults feed on fruit and flowers. Larvae develop in dung, rotten wood, and humus. (White 1983)

Similar Species: There are approximately 73 species of Euphoria and about 20 species in the U.S. per Arnett et al. (2002).

Texas Taxa: (per Orozco, 2012)

Euphoria biguttata (Gory and Percheron)
Euphoria casselberryi Robinson - Type locality: Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis Co. (Robinson, 1937).
Euphoria devulsa Horn 
Euphoria discicollis (Thomson) 
Euphoria fulgida (Fabricius) (= Euphoria fulgida fuscocyanea Casey)
Euphoria herbacea (Olivier) 
Euphoria hirtipes Horn 
Euphoria inda (Linnaeus) 
Euphoria kernii Haldeman
Euphoria schotti LeConte - Type locality is Eagle Pass, Maverick County. (LeConte, 1853).
Euphoria sepulcralis (Fabricius) 

Photos: Adult - Adult - Adult - BugGuide.Net

EtymologyEuphoria inda (Linnaeus)

eu (G). Good, well
phor, -a, -e, -i, -o (G). Carry, bear

Biography: Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) - University of California, Berkeley 


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