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Tropinota hirta (8)
NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Tropinota hirta (Poda, 1761
Coleoptera: Cetoniidae
Common name: cétoine hérissée

Tropinota hirta (8-13mm) is a very common beetle of Cretan fauna. It feeds among other things rosaceous, cruciferous, grass and asteraceous flowers such as apple, cabbage, rapeseed or cereal (especially rye). Even if during feeding, pollen attaches to hair and can contribute to pollination, the insect is still considered harmful. It causes havy damage on cultivated white roses outdoor.

The larva lives in the soil and feeds on roots (often dead) without causing significant damage.

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NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
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Edited by:NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)

Another view from above on Sinapis arvensis flower