EPPO Global Database

Astylus atromaculatus(ASTYAT)

Overview
Last modification: 2002-09-22

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: ASTYAT
  • Preferred name: Astylus atromaculatus
  • Authority: Blanchard

Notes

Originating from South America and introduced in the 1910s as a pollinator
in South Africa. Adults feed on pollen and larvae live in the soil and feed on
decaying plants.


Occasional pest: beetles may damage flowers and seeds;
larvae may feed on young plants. Adult beetles can be toxic (batrachotoxins)
to cattle when ingested in large numbers.





RS 2011/089


Common names
Name Language
astylus beetle English
spotted maize beetle English
astilo moteado Spanish
siete de oro Spanish