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Trichius fasciatus

Trichius fasciatus

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea

Familia: Scarabaeidae
Subfamilia: Cetoniinae
Tribus: Trichiini
Subtribus: Trichiina
Genus: Trichius
Species: Trichius fasciatus

Trichius fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original combination: Scarabaeus fasciatus

Trichius zonatus.

Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiæ: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. i–ii, 1–824 pp DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542: 352. Reference page.
Trichius fasciatus (Scarabaeidae: Trichiinae) - photos in nature

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Gebänderter Pinselkäfer
English: Bee beetle
français: Trichie fasciée
lietuvių: Raštuotasis auksavabalis
Nederlands: Penseelkever
norsk: Humlebille
polski: Orszoł prążkowany
русский: Восковики, Перевязанный восковик
svenska: Humlebagge

Trichius fasciatus, the Eurasian bee beetle, is a beetle species belonging to the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae.


Trichius fasciatus var. dubius Mulsant
Trichius fasciatus var. interruptus Mulsant


These beetles are about 10 millimeters long. Head and pronotum are black, while the elytra are yellowish, crossed by a few black bands.

The first black band reaches the scutellum. The sides of the chest and the back of the abdomen are covered with a white pubescence, hence the popular name "Bee beetle" for Trichius species.

Adults can be encountered from May through July feeding on petals of a variety of flowers (Thymus, Rosa, etc.).
This beetle is present in most of Europe and in the eastern Palearctic realm.

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