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Genus Diplotaxis

black scarab - Diplotaxis Scarab 1 - Diplotaxis moerens Diplotaxis - female BG2975 E8200hf - Diplotaxis liberta Diplotaxis truncatula LeConte - Diplotaxis truncatula Dark Mojave scarab - Diplotaxis Phyllophaga ? - Diplotaxis 9049399 JB - Diplotaxis
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
~100 spp. in our area, ~240 total(2)
Range
N & C America; most diverse in sw US and the central highlands of Mexico(2)
Food
Adults feed on the foliage of various plants(3), larvae of some species may damage seedlings of commercially grown trees
Life Cycle
Adults mostly nocturnal(3)
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.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
3.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.