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Species Maladera formosae - Asiatic Garden Beetle

Asiatic Garden Beetle - Maladera formosae May beetle - Maladera formosae resembles Maladera - Maladera formosae Beetle - Maladera formosae Asiatic Garden Beetle - Maladera formosae Asiatic garden beetle - eggs and first instar - Maladera formosae Maladera castanea - Maladera formosae Coleo717 - Maladera formosae
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 Melolonthinae (May Beetles and Junebugs)
Tribe Sericini
Genus Maladera
Species formosae (Asiatic Garden Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Maladera castanea (Arrow 1913)
Explanation of Names
Maladera formosae (Brenske 1898)
presumably named after Formosa (the early European name for Taiwan)
Size
8-11 mm(1)
Identification
Most closely resembles Serica, but has the hind tibiae wider. Ventrites 5 thru 7 have a transverse row of spines extending the width of each segment. Backward projecting hairs on top of head
Range
native to temperate East Asia, adventive and established in e NA (NS-FL-AL to KS)(1)
Season
Jun-Sep
Food
Feeds at night on leaves of roses, chrysanthemums.
Life Cycle
Larvae are found in turf, gardens
Remarks
Comes to lights, sometimes in great numbers
earliest record in our area: NJ 1921(1)
Print References
(2)(3)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Skelley 2013)(1)
Works Cited
1.University of Florida: Featured Creatures
2.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
3.A monograph of the genus Maladera Mulsant & Rey, 1871 of China (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae: Sericini)
Fabrizi S, Liu W-G, Bai M, Yang X-K, Ahrens D. 2021. Zootaxa 4922: 1–400.