genus: COTINIS Burmeister 1842
species: mutabilis Gory et Percheron 1833
wild imago size: 20-25mm
sexual dimorphism: males with abdominal groove on sternits
note: Breeding of this american flower-beetle is quite difficult. It is recommanded to use plant compost as a breeding substarte, however I raised them on normal type of feed. When larvae are about to pupate, itīs necessary to add some sand or clay and rather keep them separately in boxes to avoid fragile cells being damaged by larvae. In cocoon stage itīs necassary to decrease moisture and let cocoons hybernate for about 3-4 months. Adult beetles start to oviposit almost immediately after mating.