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Anomala? - Hoplia callipyge

Anomala? - Hoplia callipyge
Lakeport, Northern California, 1350 Ft. level, Lake County, California, USA
May 19, 2005
Size: 1 cm
I tried to find a match, and the closest is Anomala. This was found wandering in the clover/stork's bill weeds. I surprised myself that I even spotted it at all, considering how small it was and I wasn't paying attention...

Moved tentatively...
...based on matching MCZ type -- will show around. Apparently, very common in Cali.

Moved from Hoplia.

Most likely
callipyge, which is very variable. The other three CA spp. just don't match (see comments here)

My guess would be a species of Hoplia, also in the Scarabaeidae. I know they are common in that region at this time of year, frequenting flowers of Ceanothus and other plants. Anomala are generally devoid of hair and scales, while Hoplia are covered with them.

Good guess
The guide is getting a nice variety of Hoplia spp. - wish I knew the CA fauna better.

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