Flower chafer

This specimen was collected by G. Lewis in 1910 in Sri Lanka. The beautiful blue of this beetle are not produced by pigments, they are generated by the way light is reflected inside the beetle’s exoskeleton.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
South Asia
Collector Excavator
British Museum Natural History (from the collection of): Lewis, G
Common Name
flower chafer
Simple Name
insect: beetle
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)

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SCARABAEIDAE: Heterorrhina elegans [?]var. cyanoptera Westwood, 1842: