Scarab Beetle
( Serica sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Serica sp.
(MacLeay, 1819)
Common Name:Scarab Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Scarabaeidae
Subfamily:Melolonthinae
Tribe:Sericini
Genus:Serica
Taxon Code:COL00129
ITIS TSN#:926440

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Palo Alto, general, Palo Alto, general, Palo Alto
County:Santa Clara County
ECI Site#:CA43110000

RECOGNITION
These are small, but robust beetles, usually a light to dark brown. Many species have oily, iridescent sheen.
Body Length
6-11 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adults eat leaves of deciduous trees.
Active Period
Mostly: Mar-Aug, based on data from BugGuide. Larvae prune roots of assorted plants near ground surface.
Distribution
Widely distributed.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Erica Strand

REFERENCES
  • Genus Serica. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/3306). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#926440


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