The genus Dicronocephalus (Coleoptera - Scarabaeidae) involves seven currently recognized species distributed in Asia. This one in the photo is a male of Dicronocephalus wallichii bourgoini, endemic to Taiwan.
These beetles are medium to large sized (20-32 mm); they have a relatively broad flattened body and distinct sexual dimorphism. Males are larger than females, posses antler-like clypeal horns, and distinctly prolonged tarsomers.
This design from our @cooperhewitt features a rose chafer beetle, magnified and multiplied for your viewing pleasure. These insects can be toxic to birds and your garden, but Don Flood’s 2016 paper gives them an artistic treatment with Mylar, a mirror-like substance that mimics their naturally iridescent bodies.
While the background is an opaque white, the beetles are printed in translucent color that gives the viewer a hint of the shiny Mylar beneath.
…is a species of flower chafer (Cetoniinae) that occurs in China, Malaysia, Thailand and the state of Assam in India. Like other flower chafers T. flammea likely feeds mainly on plant material like flowers and fruit. Torynorrhina flammea is noted for its large variability of color, with individuals ranging from blues, to purples, to greens, to reds and oranges.
I am so proud to work for an institution that supports marriage equality. We are all celebrating today! For the special occasion, insect collections manager Crystal Maier and I put together a little image for you all. :)
…a large species of flower chafer (Cetoniinae) which is native to south eastern Australia, occurring throughout Victoria, New South Wales, and part of Queensland. Cowboy beetles typically inhabit woodlands, dry sclerophyll forests and even residential gardens. Adult cowboy beetles will feed on the nectar of nectar-bearing shrubs and trees while larvae live in and feed on rotten wood.
This is a rare African Flower Chafer species Ramphorrhina splendens (Coleoptera - Cetoniidae), which can be found in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
There is very little information on this species, the electronic scientific sources only record some specimens of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, which are the same pictured in this beautiful composition.