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common name: Goldsmith beetle

scientific name: Cetonia aurata, (Insecta: Coleoptera)


A large and attractive beetle (photo 4,9 Kb). Color usually shiny bronzy-green, the elytra flecked with white lines and marks. Its length reaches 17mm. Elytra parallel-sided and rather flattened. Moves in a rather cumbersome manner among vegetation (fruit bearing trees such us: peach tree, pear tree, nut tree, vines, etc) and often-found in flowers (including roses) and beehives. Active in sunny weather and seen May-­September. Larva lives in rotting.