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Genus Cyclocephala - Masked Chafers

Tan Beetle - Cyclocephala lurida Fairly large beetle - Cyclocephala Which Scarab Beetle ? - Cyclocephala - male Beetle - Cyclocephala Masked Chafer? - Cyclocephala masked chafer - Cyclocephala Cyclocephala sp? - Cyclocephala beetle - Cyclocephala lurida
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 Dynastinae (Rhinoceros Beetles)
Tribe Cyclocephalini
Genus Cyclocephala (Masked Chafers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Cyclocephala Dejean 1821
'round head'; common name refers to the darker area between the eyes, "mask"
14 spp. in our area, ~300 total; the largest genus in the subfamily(2)
Similar in habitus to many Phyllophaga, but note these characters:
typically pale yellow dorsum with dark head
front legs in males with apical tarsomere and inner tarsal claw noticeably enlarged
clypeus somewhat rounded

Keys to species in (3)(4)(2)(5)(6)
New World, mostly tropical(2)
Larvae are root feeders; some can damage crops
Life Cycle
Adults nocturnal, come to lights
Works Cited
1.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)
2.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
3.Synoptic revision of the United States scarab beetles of the subfamily Dynastinae, No. 1: Tribe Cyclocephalini
Saylor L.W. 1945. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 35: 378-386.
4.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
5.The species of Scarabaeidae (Coleoptera) associated with sugarcane in south Florida
R.D. Gordon and D.M. Anderson. 1981. The Florida Entomologist, 64 (1): 119-138 .
6.The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the USA and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)
Brett C. Ratcliffe & Ronald D. Cave. 2017. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 30, 298 pp.