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Genus Serica

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Melolonthinae (May Beetles and Junebugs)
Tribe Sericini
Genus Serica
Explanation of Names
Serica MacLeay 1819
from Latin sericus, 'silky'
Numbers
~110 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
6-11 mm
Identification
Many species have oily, iridescent sheen (2)
key to SC spp. in Harpootlian (2001) (3),
key to NEB spp. in Ratcliffe & Paulsen (2008) (4)
Range
widely dist.
Season
mostly: Mar-Aug (BG data)
Food
Adults eat leaves of deciduous trees
Life Cycle
Larvae prune roots of assorted plants near ground surface (5)
Remarks
Come to lights (2)
See Also
resemble Maladera castanea, Diplotaxis and Phyllophaga - can be distinguished from the latter by the regularly spaced striations on elytra.
Print References
Dawson, R.W. 1919. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). I. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 27: 32-38.
Dawson, R.W. 1921. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). IV. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 29: 160-168.
Dawson, R.W. 1922. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). V. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 30: 154-169. (6)
Dawson, R.W. 1932. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). VI. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 40: 529-548.
Dawson, R.W. 1933. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). VII. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 41: 435-440.
Dawson, R.W. 1947. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). VIII. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 45: 223-235.
Dawson, R.W. 1952. New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). VIII. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 60: 65-77.
Dawson, R.W. 1967. New and little known species of Serica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). X. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 75: 16l-178.
Works Cited
1.Checklist and Nomenclatural Authority File of the Scarabaeoidea of the Nearctic Realm. Version 4.
Andrew B. T. Smith. 2009. Electronically published, Ottawa, Canada. 97 pp.
2.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
3.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
4.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
5.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
6.New species of Serica (Scarabaeidae). V.
Dawson, R. 1932. Journal of the New York entomological Society 30: 154-169.