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Bee Beetles (Trichius)

The bee beetles are a genus of beetles belonging to the Scarab beetles family. As their name indicates, they are very similar to bees in appearance.

Bee Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Eurasian Bee Beetle (Trichius fasciatus)
  • Trichius abdominalis
  • Trichius japonicus
  • Trichius orientalis
  • Trichius gallicus
  • Trichius sexualis

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.39 in (1 cm)

Color: Their elytrae are yellow with black blotches.

Other Characteristic Features: They have setae on both sides of their wing covers.

Trichius

Larva

They are white, with a brown head. These larvae are C-shaped.

Pupa

After maturing, they undergo pupation underground.

Bee Beetle Pupa

Egg

The eggs are laid either on the soil or on the host plants.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionEurope and the Palaearctic region
HabitatGardens and forests
PredatorsBirds
Seasons activeMay to July
Host PlantsNot recorded
Diet of adultsFlowers from plants such as rose and thyme
Bee Beetle Image

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles cause no identifiable damage to plants or humans.

Bee Beetle Picture

Did You Know

  • Danish zoologist Johann Christian Fabricius first described this genus in 1775.

Image Source: i.pinimg.com, plantsam.com, live.staticflickr.com, en-academic.com, natureplprints.com

The bee beetles are a genus of beetles belonging to the Scarab beetles family. As their name indicates, they are very similar to bees in appearance.

Bee Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Eurasian Bee Beetle (Trichius fasciatus)
  • Trichius abdominalis
  • Trichius japonicus
  • Trichius orientalis
  • Trichius gallicus
  • Trichius sexualis

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.39 in (1 cm)

Color: Their elytrae are yellow with black blotches.

Other Characteristic Features: They have setae on both sides of their wing covers.

Trichius

Larva

They are white, with a brown head. These larvae are C-shaped.

Pupa

After maturing, they undergo pupation underground.

Bee Beetle Pupa

Egg

The eggs are laid either on the soil or on the host plants.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionEurope and the Palaearctic region
HabitatGardens and forests
PredatorsBirds
Seasons activeMay to July
Host PlantsNot recorded
Diet of adultsFlowers from plants such as rose and thyme
Bee Beetle Image

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles cause no identifiable damage to plants or humans.

Bee Beetle Picture

Did You Know

  • Danish zoologist Johann Christian Fabricius first described this genus in 1775.

Image Source: i.pinimg.com, plantsam.com, live.staticflickr.com, en-academic.com, natureplprints.com

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