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White-spotted Rose Beetle
Oxythyrea funesta (Poda) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae)

 

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Distribution:
  • Central and South Europe: Italy, France, Malta
  • North Africa: Morocco
  • Transcaucasian (Russian plain)
  • Asia Minor and Middle East
Host Plants:
  • Polyphagous insect on grapevine, wheat, rose, calendula, paeony, thistle, daisies etc.
  • Wild Hosts: Carduus nutans, Centaurea solstitialis, Convulvus arvensis
Development:
    Biology is very similar to Tropinota hirta Poda (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). It swarms later in the summer and doesn’t represent as great a danger to orchards as T. hirta. However, this species can cause significant damage to flowering grapewines and late flowering wheat. They favour heavier clay soils.
References:
  • Axis 4,2 - Section II: Atmosphere and Biodiversity Compilation of the species of the Entomofauna and the vertebrati small of the Corsica and the Marine Tuscany by L.Santini, A.Orsini, D.Viale 1/1/1997 - 31/12/1998 http://www.arch.unipi.it/Interreg_rel0898.html
  • Balás, G. and Sáringer, Gy. (1982): Kertészeti kartevok, Akadémiai Kiadó,Budapest, 1069 pp.
  • Campobasso, G., E. Colonnelli, L. Knutson, G.Terragitti, and M. Cristofaro, eds. 1999. Wild Plants and Their Associated Insects in the Palearctic Region, Primarily Europe and the Middle East. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, ARS–147, 249 pp.http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/wildplants/WildPlants.pdf
  • Dahlgren, G. 1972: Zur Taxionomie der Gattungen Aethiessa, Oxythyrea, Tropinota und Musurgus. - Ent. scand. 3: 161 - 168
  • Freude H., Harde K.W. and Lohse D.A.: Die Käfer Mitteleuropas (Band 8), Goecke and Evers, Krefeld, 358 p.
  • Jermy, T. and Balázs, K. (eds.) (1990): A növényvédelmi állattan kézikönyve. Vol.3/a Akakdémiai Kiadó, Budapest. 208-210 pp.
  • Klausnitzer, B. & Krell, F.-T. 1996: Scarabaeoidea in: Klausnitzer, B. 1996: Die Larven der Käfer Mitteleuropas, Bd. 3, Gustav Fischer Verlag Jena. [Ad Larvae]
  • Micó E, Galante E 2003: Biology and New Larval Descriptions for Three Cetoniine Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Cetoniini: Cetoniina, Leucocelina). - Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(2), 95-106.
  • Ponel P 1993 Coléoptčres du Massif des Maures et de la dépression permienne périphériqueFaune de Provence 14 : 5-23. http://members.aol.com/ceep/Maures1.pdf
  • Roosileht U. 2003. New dung beetle Oxythyrea funesta (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Estonian fauna. Baltic J. Coleopterol., 3 (1): 53-54.
  • Szwařko P 1989: Wystpowanie Oxythyrea funesta (PODA, 1761) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) w Polsce [The occurrence of Oxythyrea funesta (PODA, 1761) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) in Poland]. Przegl. zool., 33, 1: 83-87. http://www.isez.pan.krakow.pl/staff/pszwa.doc
  • Telnov D 1996 Sixty three new and rare species of Coleoptera in the fauna of Latvia Latvijas Entomologs,. 35: 36-43. http://www.lubi.edu.lv/LES/63%20new%20&%20rare...pdf
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