Yellow bug on roses-rose photos

The roses are beautiful in our little garden, though they don't take well the over 35° C (95° F) summer heat.
Beautiful pink rose-macro photography
I've found these big yellow bugs on the roses today, they were much over the size of a bee and they could fly.
I've never seen these beetles before and I wonder if they are pests or pollinators.
The rose chafer is green but what could this strikingly-colored creature be? Look at those claws!
Big yellow beetle on rose petals
There were a pair, the other one had a beautiful pinkish color instead of yellow.
Here they are on the next shot , unfortunately a very bad quality.
The wind was moving the rose bush and they took off before I could take another shot.
Big bugs on rose
In the meantime I've found out from Anki that these hairy beetles are Bee beetles, Trichius fasciatus and/or Trichius rosaceus. Thank you Anki!


Janie said...

Wow, the bugs are quite colorful. Very nice macro shot!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful flowers - odd bugs.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Anonymous said...

Wonderful light and details in the first 2 images Maia. I hope that insect is not a pest - I have had problems with beetles eating my roses.

Anonymous said...

You have Trichius fasciatus on your roses. They eat pollen. Fine photos.

NatureFootstep said...

cool bugs. I have not seen them either. Anki says they eat pollen so they will probably not spoil your beautiful flowers. :)

Judy said...

They are pretty little bugs! I am glad they are not going to eat the roses!!

Joanne Olivieri said...

Wow! I have never seen one that up close and personal. Fantastic shots.

Carletta said...

So glad someone knew what they were.
Lovely light in the first image and I really like the salmon color!
Great macro of the bug.
Carletta's Captures

SquirrelQueen said...

Bee Beatles? I have never seen those before. I love your roses Maia, that soft pink is so pretty.

Jama said...

A great macro shot, the beetle is so beautiful!

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