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Green Fruit Beetle

Scientific Name: 
Cotinus mutabilis

These members of the scarab family are most often seen around fruit (especially fig, peaches, apricots, nectarines and grapes) and when flying appear as large green bumblebees.  This beetle is originally from Arizona and New Mexico but spread to the Los Angeles basin in the 1960's. The female deposits her eggs in compost piles or other decaying vegetation and the grubs appear as large white C- shaped larvae.   Photos by Laurel Woodley

Garden Location: 
Volunteer Garden, Garden of Senses
Cotinus mutabilis feeding in a Bo Tree
Cotinus mutabilis getting ready to fly
Cotinus mutabilis visiting Red Cockscomb in the Volunteer Garden
Cotinus mutabilis feeding on ficus fruit
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