Dark Flower Scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dark Flower Scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis)

The adults feed on tree sap, ripening fruits, corn, and various flowers of fruit, thistle, mock orange, milkweed, dogwood, sumac, yarrow, daisies, and goldenrod. Ratcliffe (1991)

Adults eat pollen and pollinate. Occasional pest of corn, roses, and flowers of blooming fruit trees. Eggs laid in the ground where larvae (grubs) develop.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/beetles/Euphoria_sepulcralis.htm

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