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Species Euphoria herbacea - Olive Euphoria

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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 Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Cetoniini
Genus Euphoria
Species herbacea (Olive Euphoria)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euphoria herbacea (Olivier)
Orig. Comb: Cetonia herbacea Olivier 1790
Explanation of Names
"Olive Euphoria" is an original coinage here, based on the coloration. Species name herbacea no doubt refers to the plant-like coloration of this beetle.
Size
12-15 mm (1)
Identification
Olive-green to brown with irregular light markings on elytra.
Range
e US (TX-FL-NY-KS) (1)
Habitat
Meadows, old fields, woodland edges
Season
June-Aug (1)
Food
Unknown. Adults observed in the Piedmont of North Carolina have not been observed to eat--see Remarks.

These beetles have been observed in Pennsylvania at sap from cracks in trees as well as rotting peach trees:
Life Cycle
Unknown, larvae may live in rotting humus, etc., and/or may be associates of ants. See genus account for discussion.
Observed consistently over damp mossy areas, usually in partial shade in North Carolina. This is possibly where eggs are laid (pers. observation, P Coin, Durham North Carolina).
Remarks
This seems to be a fairly common Euphoria in early summer in Durham, North Carolina. I have not seen it at flowers, however, as is common with E. sepulcralis. (This could just be due to my limited experience with the beetles.) Almost all E. herbacea I have seen appear to be in a frantic rush to mate.
Print References
Brimley, p. 207 (2)
Dillon, page 552, plate LIV (3)
Harpootlian, p. 118, fig. 280 (4)
Internet References
This species is fairly common in the
NCSU insect collection, with 64 pinned, including specimens from North Carolina.
This species is also on a checklist for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Beetles of Florida--not on that checklist
Beetles of Oklahoma lists E. herbacea occidentalis Knaus
Works Cited
1.Monographic revision of the American genus Euphoria Burmeister, 1842 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae)
Jesus Orozco. 2012. The Coleopterists Society.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
4.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.