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Genus Serica

Beetle - Serica Sand-loving Scarab Beetle maybe? - Serica scarab - Serica sericea - male Scarab - Serica sericea - male Serica? - Serica Serica Scarab Beetle - Serica Serica georgiana - male
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 Sericini
Genus Serica
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
under revision
Explanation of Names
Serica MacLeay 1819
from Latin sericus, 'silky'
~110 spp. in our area(1), at least 160 more in the Palaearctic...
6-11 mm
Many species have oily, iridescent sheen (2)
key to SC spp. in (3)
key to NE spp. in (4)
mostly: Mar-Aug (BG data)
Adults eat leaves of deciduous trees
Life Cycle
Larvae prune roots of assorted plants near ground surface (5)
Common at lights
See Also
resemble Maladera castanea, Diplotaxis and Phyllophaga - can be distinguished from the latter by the regularly spaced striations on elytra.
Works Cited
1.Checklist and Nomenclatural Authority File of the Scarabaeoidea of the Nearctic Realm. Version 4.
Andrew B. T. Smith. 2009. Electronically published, Ottawa, Canada. 97 pp.
2.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
3.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
4.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
5.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.