16 February 2007

Eupoecila Australasiae (Fidder beetle or Rose Chafer)

These pretty beetles have been in quite a lot of gardens this year judging by the number of people asking questions about what they are.

I was busy in my rose garden, dead heading and tidying up leaves when I first noticed it moving purposefully across from one flower to the next.

As it walked it used its hind legs to pull a petal over to completely hide it from view.

I removed the petal to see what it was up to. He/She had finally reached the nectar and tucked in for a feast so I put the rose petal back to ensure privacy.

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