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Genus Valgus

ant/termite cohabitant scarab - Valgus seticollis Unknown Valgus sp - Valgus Beetle - Valgus canaliculatus - male Valgus californicus Horn - Valgus californicus Hoplia? - Valgus canaliculatus - male Beetle: 2012.04.16.19569 - Valgus Beetle - Valgus Valgus canaliculatus - male
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 Cetoniinae (Fruit and Flower Chafers)
Tribe Valgini
Genus Valgus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Valgus Scriba, 1790
Explanation of Names
Latin valgus 'bow-legged'(1)
Numbers
4 spp. (of which one adventive) in our area(2)
Size
5-8 mm
Identification
Small compact-shaped (almost tick-like) scarabs that visit flowers. Note short elytra, leaving much of abdomen exposed.
ID to species level may require close examination of (3) (4).
Range
Holarctic and Oriental; in our area, 3 spp. in the e. half of the US (the adventive V. hemipterus into so.ON) and one in CA + so.OR(5)
Habitat
decomposing wood, usually associated with termites; adults visit flowers(2)
Season
March-June
Life Cycle
Larvae are wood decomposers, usually associated with termite colonies(2) (larvae of V. canaliculatus feed on walls of termite galleries(3))
Print References
(3)
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.Synopsis of scarab beetle tribe Valgini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) in the New World
M.L. Jameson, K.A. Swoboda. 2005. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 98(5): 658-672.
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.
5.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)