Pachnoda sinuata

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Pachnoda sinuata
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Pachnoda sinuata at the Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes, Paris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Cetoniinae
Genus: Pachnoda
Species: P. sinuata
Binomial name
Pachnoda sinuata
(Fabricius, 1775)
  • Cetonia sinuata Fabricius, 1775
  • Scarabaeus sinuosa Gmelin, 1790

Pachnoda sinuata, the garden fruit chafer or brown-and-yellow fruit chafer, is a species of beetle found in Namibia and South Africa.



The species is part of the large family Scarabaeidae, which also include the scarabs and dung beetles. This species is large with a smooth carapace. Colouration is variable but basically yellow with dark brown central area broken by yellow spots and a transverse yellow line across the rear of the elytra.


Adult beetles feed on flowers and fruit, often destroying them in the process which makes them unpopular with gardeners. While commonly found on exotic plants like roses and camellias, these beetles also feed on a range of indigenous plants including Acacia.


Adults lay their eggs in manure and compost heaps or among plant roots. The pupae develop inside large, egg-shaped protective clay shells.


This species is a popular prey species for many species of bird, such as red-winged starlings and hadeda ibises.


It ranges widely in South Africa and thus are found in a variety of habitats. They are commonly found in gardens.



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