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Trichiinae

Trichiinae
Osmoderma scabra of the Osmodermini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Trichiinae (disputed)
Tribes

Cryptodontini
Incaini
Osmodermini
Platygeniini
Trichiini

Synonyms

Trichiini (but see text)

The Trichiinae are a subfamily of the scarab beetle family (Scarabaeidae), but occasionally they are included in the Cetoniidae as tribe Trichiini. The conspicuous bee beetles (Trichius) are probably the best-known genus in Europe.

They vary in size from 6 to 65 mm [1] and can be distinguished from the Cetoniidae by having covered epimeres, and lateral edges of the elytra which are not trimmed.

The adults feed on sugar-rich secretions of stems, leaves, fruits and flowers of different plants. Most larvae develop in rotten wood.

Selected taxa

External links

  • List of the Oriental Trichiine Scarabs (with key)
  • Evans, Arthur H. Generic Guide to New World Scarabs
  • Inca clathrata
  • Trichius fasciatus
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