Thank you Graham – it is great to know the genus and it is so nice of Ark to have found that out. Maybe this is a unique/new variety? Insects are typically drawn to areas by available food supply, weather, environmental factors, water supply, mating patterns etc... and are quite territorial. Common name. I was wrong! Flower beetle, Flower chafer, Horned beetle, Insects South Africa, Scarabaeidae, South Africa, Thank you Ronn. Here is a rear view of the beetle. Hopefully this link works http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/4a69014ccd6d46a3978b4989a83a667b/synonym/325998b8b9c68fb6dbf176edba6e7a18. Video clip id … ( Log Out / Btw, as I commented to Ark, I discovered that E. smithii and E. euthalia natalensis are synonymous names! Thanks Graham. In this short video, not a lot happens, but it does show something of the beetle’s rather other-worldly quality. I fancy that the two black dots, resembling eyes might perhaps be a deterrent to predators. Although this beetle seemed to be rather clumsy, it did manage to hook onto a leaf when hanging upside down underneath, Here is the beetle partially concealed as it hangs upside down under a leaf, using its hooked ‘feet’ or ‘toes’ to hang onto the leaf, A close-up the beetle keeping a low profile and showing its jointed legs and hooked ‘toes’. All six legs of this beetle end in a forked “foot” that appears to be adapted for hooking onto things rather than grasping. Here are a couple of links to similar images: http://flower-beetles.com/foto/eudicella%20tetraspilota%207.jpg & https://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id1251023/. After lots of searching I have not been able to find an identical-looking beetle in all the places I have looked. Thanks so much for looking it up. When I first spotted the beetle on an overcast morning after light rain, it appeared to be fast asleep among the leaves of a Lebombo cluster-leaf sapling. What a fabulous find you have there, Carol! (Lucanus cervus). Adults are shiny black in colour with irregular white spots and are large, ranging from 1.9 to… Such a horn usually occurs only in males, and it is used for fighting over mates or resources. that there is still so much to discover (and more than I can ever learn!). Of course larger beetles do occur, but this is the largest beetle I have seen in our area. Your mystery folder sounds to be intriguing, if a little frustrating! Beetle horns can be impressive weapons. Apr 20, 2013 - Picture of Big horned beetle stock photo, images and stock photography. Preserved in ethanol and mounted for a studio stack. Thank you so very much Ark – that is really helpful. And I think yours maybe be female. It would be interesting to know if it usually feeds on plants that are easier to hang on to! I’m with Arkenaten on the Eudicella ID. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Beetles belong to the fascinating order known as Coleoptera which makes up the largest order in all of the animal kingdom. I caught a huge beetle that looks a lot like the Giant Root Borer, but it's a little bit lighter and has swept-back antennae (thinner and curved). 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