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Genus Cotinis

South Texas Coastal Cotinis - Cotinis boylei Green June Beetle - Cotinis nitida Green June Beetle - Cotinis nitida Cotinus - Cotinis mutabilis Arizona Beetle  - Cotinis mutabilis Cotinus nitida - Cotinis nitida Green Fig Beetle - Cotinis mutabilis Pennsylvania Beetle  - Cotinis nitida
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
Other Common Names
Green June Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
commonly misspelled Cotinus, which is a plant genus (smoketree)
Explanation of Names
Cotinis Burmeister 1842
Greek cotin, wild olive or oleaster (Elaeagnus)
5 spp. in our area, 27 total(1)
14-34 mm(2)
Usually velvety green with brownish highlights and some areas of metallic green, sometimes jet black. Clypeus with horn-like process at apical margin. Scutellum not visible (covered by the base of pronotum)(3)
New World, most diverse in Mexico; in our area:
C. nitida widespread in the east to c. TX
C. mutabilis CA to c. TX
C. boylei c. to s. TX
C. impia AZ-NM
C. aliena Florida Keys (very local, may be adventive)
See Also
in Euphoria, scutellum is not covered by base of the pronotum; compare:
Print References
Deloya A.C., Ratcliffe B.C. (1988) A synopsis of the genus Cotinis in Mexico with description of three new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Acta Zoologica Mexicana 28: 1-52.
Works Cited
1.The genus Cotinis Burmeister in the eastern United States, with description of a new species from the Florida Keys...
Robert Woodruff. 2008. Insecta Mundi 0051: 1-13.
2.A Revision of the Genus Cotinis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)
Goodrich, M.A. 1966. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 59: 550-568.
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.