The Flying Scarab Beetle Games of West Africa and the American South: Cultural Transfer or Parallel Evolution?

Robert W. Pemberton


A children's game involving catching, tethering, and then flying the cetoniine scarab Pachnoda marginata was observed in Ghana. A very similar cetonine beetle, Cotinis nitida, is flown by children in the American South. The flying beetle game was probably introduced from West Africa to the American South by slaves.

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