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Species Polyphylla variolosa - Variegated June Beetle

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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 Melolonthini
Genus Polyphylla (Lined June Beetles)
Species variolosa (Variegated June Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Current combination: Polyphylla variolosa (Hentz, 1830)
Explanation of Names
At Words by William Whitaker, "vario" translates to "variegated" or "colored", most likely describing the pattern on the elytra.
22-28 mm
Adults feed on tree foliage, thus sometimes called "chafers".
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on soil near host plants. Larvae hatch, burrow down and feed on roots of shrubs, trees, require 2-3 years to reach maturity. Pupation is in underground chambers. Adults come to lights.
Grubs also reported to occasionally damage turfgrass (1)
Print References
"Garden Insects of North America" (1), p. 526
"American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico" (2), p. 417 (Polyphylla sp. described)
Internet References
The Insects of Quebes has great photos of ventral and dorsal views.
Albertson College of Idaho lists P. variolosa in its collection.