Astylus gayi

(Coleoptera, Melyridae)

ENGLISH: Astylus gayi : This species is the commonest beetle in Santiago city. Children collect them and call them "Pololo de las Flores". This is a species from the Central South region. They are attracted to many kinds of flowers and become yellow with pollen from them. Their flight is very heavy and slow. I use to play with them, rearing the larvae, when I was a lithe child in my grandparents farm.

 

ESPAÑOL: El llamado pololo de las flores es una de las especies mas comunes de coleópteros en el Sur de Chile. Son de vuelo ruidoso y pesado, y se posan en flores, hasta quedar casi cubiertos de polen. Cuando era niño jugaba con ellos, criando las larvas que de desarrollan en tierra.