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Species Cotinis mutabilis - Green Fig 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 Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Gymnetini
Genus Cotinis
Species mutabilis (Green Fig Beetle)
Other Common Names
Green Fruit Beetle, Figeater Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cotinis mutabilis (Gory and Percheron)
Orig. Comb: Gymnetis mutabilis Gory and Percheron 1833
Syn: "Cotinus" - spelling
17-34 mm (1)
Similar to other Cotinis: mostly green and shiny. Note extension of pronotum covering scutellum (notch between elytra at front).
CA-TX / Mex. (1)
mostly: July-Oct (BG data)
Adults feed on ripe fruit and sometimes sap.
Life Cycle
Adults lay eggs in late summer in decaying organic matter, such as compost, dung, where larvae feed. Pupation occurs in spring, and adults emerge in mid to late summer.
Print References
Arnett and Jacques #113, photo (2)
Powell and Hogue, p. 277, plate 14d, photo (3)
Internet References
Farmer Fred--notes presence in Sacramento County, California.
Works Cited
1.A Revision of the Genus Cotinis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Goodrich, M.A. 1966. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 59: 550-568.
2.Simon & Schuster's Guide to Insects
Dr. Ross H. Arnett, Dr. Richard L. Jacques. 1981. Fireside.
3.California Insects
Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue. 1989. University of California Press.