Alice Springs Fauna •

Drying out after being rescued from a swimming pool in Alice Springs, is this Mottled Flower Scarab (Protaetia fusca).

Mottled Flower Scarab (Protaetia fusca), Alice Springs NT
Mottled Flower Scarab (Protaetia fusca), Alice Springs NT

The Protaetia fusca beetles can be found on a range of plants including a number of fruit avocado, citrus, mango, peach, mango, maize. In Alice Springs they have been documented feeding and mating on the flowers of the Red-capped Gum (Eucalyptus erythrocorys). They are also known to feed on damaged or fallen fruit.

For more information: Insects > Beetles | Coleoptera | Protaetia fusca


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
  • Family: Scarabaeidae
  • Subfamily: Cetoniinae
  • Tribe: Cetoniini
  • Genus: Protaetia
  • Species: Protaetia fusca

Footnote & References

  1. Protaetia fusca (Herbst, 1790), Mottled Flower Scarab, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:4576ab2e-b79f-4f8e-9226-dd0d9fca2a00#overview
  2. Mango Flower Beetle (Protaetia fusca), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/349603-Protaetia-fusca

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