Other Common Names
Spotted June Beetle (June Bug), Spotted Pelidnota
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus punctatus Linnaeus 1758
Explanation of Names
- Latin for 'marked with pricks or punctures' (1)
Large, golden-yellow scarab with peripheral spots on pronotum and elytra. Apparently, southern (Carolinas) specimens have light brown legs, northern (Ohio and Michigan) specimens have dark legs
TX-FL-ME-SD / adj. Can. (BG data)
Deciduous forests and adjacent areas
mostly: May-August (BG data)
Adults feed on grape (Vitis
) foliage and fruit (2)
Larvae host on dead Acer, Celtis, Juglans, Malus, Platanus, Quercus, Ulmus spp.
Eggs are laid on stumps and rotting logs. Larvae feed on decaying roots and stumps of trees, pupate in adjacent soil. Adults emerge May-September and come to lights
Dillon and Dillon, pp. 545-546, plate 53 (3)
Hardy, A.R. 1975. A revision of the genus Pelidnota of America North of Panama (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae; Rutelinae). University of California Publications in Entomology, 78: 1-43.