Common Dotted Fruit Chafer
The Common Dotted Fruit Chafer is a big name for a small spotted bug! These insects are almost 1 cm in length and are black with white spots. They belong to the Scarab family which consists of 30,000 species world-wide.
The Common Dotted Fruit Chafer feeds on nectar and may be found on fruit as well as various flowers such as Arum Lilies. It may actually cause damage to some ornamental garden flowers. They are important pollinators of proteas, orchids and lilies.
There are not many species in the genus Cyrtothyrea. They are all black with white dots or lines and each species has a distinctive pattern. Cyrtothyrea marginalis is the only member of this genus to have red on the sides of the Pronotum. These Chafers only occur is Africa, south of the Sahara.
References and further readingField Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 200
Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 185
Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 292