The genus Oxythyrea consists of a number of chafer beetle species. Members are typically about 10-15 mm in size, and are usually black with white dots or lines on the thorax, elytra, and abdomen; each species has its own distinctive pattern. Oxythyrea are active during the day, and are often found on flowers, feeding.
Species[edit source | edit]
- Oxythyrea abigail
- Oxythyrea albopicta
- Oxythyrea cinctella
- Oxythyrea dulcis
- Oxythyrea funesta
- Oxythyrea muelleri
- Oxythyrea noemi
Some of the species are often classified in a closely related genus Leucocelis.
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Larvae are up to 30 mm long, they feed on plant roots and can remain until next spring in the soil.
The adults appear early in the spring, they grow up to 8–12 millimetres (0.31–0.47 in) and can mostly be encountered from May through July. They are considered an insect pest that do not just feed on pollen, but rode the floral organs, especially damaging light in color buds and flowers.
Their colour is black, more or less bronzed. Most of the specimens shows six white spots in two longitudinal rows on pronotun and many other on elytra. They are completely covered with a white pubescence (easily visible in profile). Older specimens usually have no hairs, as they are rubbed off with time.