Notes on Polyphylla Harris with a description of a new species. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae).By La Rue, D.A.
La Rue, D.A. (1998). Notes on Polyphylla
Harris with a description of a new species. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Insecta Mundi 12(1 & 2): 23–37.
La Rue, new species, is described from the Kelso Sand Dunes, Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California, U.S.A. Illustrations of dorsal habitus, significant morphological details, and adult genitalic forms are provided. A description of the type locality including geographical and ecological parameters is presented. Taxonomic problems within the genus and limitations of recently proposed methods of species identification are discussed. A modified key is provided to distinguish the new species.
The heretofore undescribed females of Polyphylla anteronivea
Hardy, P. mescalerensis
Young, P. nubila
Van Dyke, and P. pottsorum
Hardy, are described. The larval host of P. erratica
Hardy is reported, and the adult female is redescribed from pristine specimens. A dorsal habitus illustration of each female is provided.
Bionomic and distributional data are presented for Polyphylla avittata
Hardy, P. cavifrons
LeConte, P. hirsuta
Van Dyke, P. monahansensis
Hardy, P. petiti
Guerin, [/i]P. stellata[/i] Young, and P. squamiverntris