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Beetle - Maladera castanea

Beetle - Maladera castanea
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
September 21, 2004

Moved from Serica. Hadn't noticed previously - Maladera

Tie a string to the hind legs of these and take them for a walk!

Rainbow sheen.
This is a perfect picture for demonstrating the oily sheen these beetles have, an easy way to tell them apart from similar genera. They are actually quite slippery as well, hard to grab if you try.

They are great escapers
If you try to grab one on a blacklight sheet, it will simply drop and most likely not be found.

questions about maladera castanea
How large is this beetle? Is it attracted to porch lights?

It's 8-11mm
and yes, many do come to porch lights. That's where I photographed this one.

they tickle your fingers

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