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Species Maladera castanea - Asiatic Garden Beetle

Smallish specimen - Maladera castanea Serica from night of August 11, 2011 - Maladera castanea Red Rainbow Scarab - Maladera castanea Asiatic Garden Beetle - Maladera castanea asiatic garden beetle - Maladera castanea June Beetle - Maladera castanea Asiatic Garden Beetle - Maladera castanea Small red scarab - Maladera castanea
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 Maladera
Species castanea (Asiatic Garden Beetle)
8-11 mm
Most closely resembles Serica, but has the hind tibiae wider.
Abdominal segments 5,6, and 7 have a transverse row of spines extending the width of each segment ventrally.
Backward projecting hairs on top of head
East temperate Asia (native). Introduced and established on east coast of United States.
Gardens, etc.
Summer (June-September)
Feeds at night on leaves of roses, chrysanthemums.
Life Cycle
Larvae are "white grubs" found in turf, gardens.
Comes to lights, sometimes in great numbers.
See Also
Serica sp.
Print References
Harpootlian, p 72, figs. 122-123. (1)
Papp, p. 187, figs. 638-641 (2)
White, p. 143, fig. 55--compares with Serica (3)
Works Cited
1.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
2.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.