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Beetle Bee Beetles

Bee Beetle - Photo  Copyright 2005 Nigel Scott
Photo: Nigel Scott

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying some of those curious looking creepy-crawlies? Try the colourful fold out ID chart called "Bugs on Bushes" - click here

Latin name: Trichius fasciatus

Size: Approximately 10mms long

Distribution: Rare in the UK.

Months seen: May to July

Food: Flower petals

Habitat: Gardens and meadows

Special features: The wing casings on the bee beetle vary in colour from creamy-yellow to deep orange. The bodies are very hairy and resemble bumble bees - hence the name.

Bee beetles are found mainly on the flowers of thyme and roses.

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