Friday, 4 December 2015

Protaetia (Cetonischema) speciosa marchei (Alexis & Delpont, 1999)

Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Cetoniinae

Ενδημικό υποείδος της Κύπρου
Endemic subspecies of Cyprus

Description
Protaetia speciosa can reach a body length of about 23–30 millimetres (0.91–1.18 in). The basic colour of the body is golden-green, sometimes bright red. Adults can be found from May to October, with a peak in June–August. These beetles feed primarily on tree sap and fruits. The larvae develop in rotten wood of deciduous trees, mainly oak and willow. The full life cycle lasts 3.4 years.

Distribution
This flower beetle is present in the Near East, in northern Iraq, Syria, northern Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Cyprus and Russia.

Habitat
This beetle lives in deciduous forests, in plains and mountains. Its larvae grow inside the hollows of old deciduous trees. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Photos at Kelephos, 10/7/2014 by Michael Hadjiconstantis









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