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Species Maladera castanea - Asiatic Garden Beetle

Southern Masked Chafer? - Maladera castanea Smallish specimen - Maladera castanea Asiatic Garden Beetle - Maladera castanea Ground Beetle - Maladera castanea asiatic garden beetle - Maladera castanea - Maladera castanea Sericini - Maladera castanea May Beetle? - Maladera castanea Serica? - Maladera castanea
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 castanea (Asiatic Garden Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Maladera castanea (Arrow 1913)
8-11 mm(1)
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
native to temperate East Asia, adventive and established in e NA (NS-FL-AL to KS)(1)
Gardens, etc.
Feeds at night on leaves of roses, chrysanthemums.
Life Cycle
Larvae are found in turf, gardens
Comes to lights, sometimes in great numbers
earliest record in our area: NJ 1921(1)
Print References
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.