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Jul 23, 2013 11:42 AM

Beautiful Bee?

I spotted this lovely insect on our blackberry flowers. This is in the garden of our house in Burgundy, France. It was sitting still for long enough to take photos which I attach. I cannot decide which end is front. Are the 'eyes' mimcry, or the actual eyes?  Can anyone tell me what it is? Am so keen to know!


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    Nov 7, 2014 3:40 PM (in response to Trudy)
    Re: Beautiful Bee?



    This is not an bee but a Trichius fasciatus belonging to the family Scarabaeidae.

    I think the English name is bumblebee beetle.

    Their larvae develop in decayed wood and the beetle is common on flowers when they are eating pollen.


    Best regards


    Samuel J

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