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Genus Diplotaxis

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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 Diplotaxini
Genus Diplotaxis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Diplotaxis (wall-rocket) is also a plant genus in the Brassicaceae, native to w. Palaearctic (several spp. introduced into North America)
Explanation of Names
Diplotaxis Kirby 1837
'double arrangement'
Numbers
212 spp from Canada to Mexico(2)(3)
Size
typically 8-13 mm
Range
most of NA(2), most diverse in sw US and the central highlands of Mexico (Vaurie 1958)
Food
Adults feed on the foliage of various plants(2), larvae of some species may damage seedlings of commercially grown trees
Life Cycle
Adults are mostly nocturnal(2)
See Also
Works Cited
1.A revision of the genus Diplotaxis (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Melolonthinae), Parts 1 and 2.
Patricia Vaurie. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.An electronic checklist of the New World chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Version 3
Evans A.V., Smith A.B.T. 2009. Electronically published, Ottawa, Canada. 353 pp.