Laurie Rockwell photographs a Flower Scarab in the Trout Creek Ecological Reserve

Posted July 10, 2016 | Categories : 7,Rare Species,Warden Reports |

Laurie Rockwell sent this report on a new insect he had photographed in In the Trout Creek ER :

My picture is the second one, thanks to my new camera and Tom for the ID. Another first for the TCER; (I  must start an insect list for the ER! 🙂
“Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 4:19 PM”>7/8/16


On 7/6/2016 9:19 PM, Tom & Robyn wrote:

Hi Laurie,

I think it is the Bee-like Flower Scarab, Trichiotinus piger (Fabricius), or a similar species (see photo). We have it here, but I  don’t think it is very common. Feeds on pollen and soft flower parts during the day, so that fits.

—–Original Message—–
From: Laurie Rockwell []
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 12:00 PM
To: tom & robyn lowery
Subject: Laurie here Tom

I found this insect in the Mariposa Lily on the Trout Creek ER, Even with a magnifying glass I could not see much. It did not look like a bee and the rear end looked like it had been cut off. Any ideas?  Cheers…….Laurie