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Chiloloba acuta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Cetoniinae
Genus: Chiloloba
Burmeister, 1842
Species: C. acuta
Binomial name
Chiloloba acuta
(Wiedemann, 1823)

Cetonia perplexa

Chiloloba acuta is a species of flower chafer beetleS and is the sole member of its genus. It is widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent.

Note the medial ridge on the elytra

These beetles are often shiny with short hairy surfaces both above and below. The clypeus has a median keel. The adult beetles are shiny metallic green and can sometimes appear red or deep blue. They are clothed in hairs irregularly on the upperside but more densely on the sides and underside. The elytra are raised into a ridge along the edge where they meet towards the hind end of the body. A fine ridge extends from the forehead to the tip of the clypeus. The species is commonly seen on grasses in southern India after the northeast monsoon.[1] Adults will sometimes feed on cultivated cereal and millet crops such as sorghum and maize, damaging flowers and grain. It is rarely a serious pest.[2]


  1. ^ Arrow, GJ (1910). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Coleoptera. Lamellicornia. London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 17 1–172. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, TB (1914). "Some South Indian Insects". Government Press, Madras: 284.