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Genus Popillia

Japanese Beetle - Popillia japonica Beetle - Popillia japonica Japanese Beetle - Popillia japonica Japanese beetle - Popillia japonica Popillia japonica - Japanese Beetle - Popillia japonica Outside beetle - Popillia japonica Japanese beetle - Popillia japonica Japanese Beetle - Lateral  - Popillia japonica
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers)
Tribe Anomalini
Genus Popillia
Explanation of Names
Popillia Dejean, 1821
Numbers
A single (adventive) species in our area, >300 worldwide(1)
Identification
Base of pronotum tri-emarginate; pygidium and abdominal sternites at sides with patches of dense, white setae.
Range
Asia, Africa; adventive in NA(1)
Remarks
Is a host for Tiphia popilliavora who controls the sex of eggs by the size of the beetle they parasitize. In 3rd instar hosts, the wasps lay fertilized female eggs. In smaller 2nd instar hosts, they lay smaller, nonfertilized male eggs.(2)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Insect Behavior
Robert W. Matthews and Janice R. Matthews. 1988. Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co.