Glischrochilus hortensis Fourcroy

Adults of this relatively common beetle are sometimes reported in summer congregating on, and causing minor damage to, the ripening grains of bird-damaged cobs of maize or sweet corn. Similar accumulations of beetles are reported on mechanically damaged or diseased turnip roots and on outdoor tomatoes; locally significant damage to the ripening fruits of autumn-fruiting strawberries is also reported. Such attacks are most likely to occur in hot, dry weather, when the beetles seek suitable sources of moisture. Larvae feed on the ground on rotting vegetable matter and are of no pest status. The adult beetles are 4-6mm long, black and shiny, with four orange-red spots on the elytra (Fig. 207).

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