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Genus Cotalpa

Goldsmith Beetle - Cotalpa lanigera Yellow Beetle - Cotalpa flavida Shining Leaf Chafer - Cotalpa lanigera Yellow colorful large beetle - Cotalpa lanigera Yellow colorful large beetle - Cotalpa lanigera Yellow colorful large beetle - Cotalpa lanigera We think Patrick Coin said this was one of the Cotalpa - Cotalpa consobrina Goldsmith Beetles or maybe Cotalpa flavida - Cotalpa - female
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 Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers)
Tribe Rutelini
Genus Cotalpa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cotalpa Burmeister, 1844
Explanation of Names
Latin con- with + talpa mole (i.e., mammalian genus Talpa) (1)
Numbers
6 spp. in the genus, all Nearctic (2)
Identification
key to spp.: Young (2002)
Range
One eastern species (C. lanigera e. US west to NE & TX)(3); C. subcribrata NE-CO-TX; the rest are restricted to sw. US (C. ashleyae w. AZ; C. conclamara TX; C. consobrina AZ; C. flavida AZ-CA)(4)
Food
Adults are nocturnal (usually flying at dusk) and feed on the foliage of (broad-leaved) trees (4)
Print References
La Rue D.A. (1986) A new species of Cotalpa from western Arizona (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 40: 145-147.
Young R.M. (2002) A new Cotalpa Burmeister taken on post oak in eastern Texas with notes and a key to species in the genus (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 56: 473-479.
Works Cited
1.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
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.