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Species Dyscinetus morator - Rice Beetle

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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 Dynastinae (Rhinoceros Beetles)
Tribe Cyclocephalini
Genus Dyscinetus (Rice Beetles)
Species morator (Rice Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Dyscinetus morator (Fabricius 1789)
15-20 mm(1)
Brownish with a greenish tinge above. Front tarsi and claw in male thickened, as in Cyclocephala(2)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2009
e US (RI-FL to NE-TX) - Map (1)(3)(4)
mostly: Mar-July (4)
Life Cycle
Adults come to lights. Larvae feed under sod, in compost, manure(3). Bivoltine in FL(5)
does little, if any, damage to crops(5)
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Woodruff 1999-2016(5)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
3.The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island, an Annotated Checklist
Derek Sikes. 2004. Rhode Island Natural History Survey.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
5.University of Florida: Featured Creatures