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Species Valgus canaliculatus

Channeled Valgus - Valgus canaliculatus - male scarab beetle (2) - Valgus canaliculatus - male scarab beetle (2) - Valgus canaliculatus - male Beetle - Valgus canaliculatus - male Valgus canaliculatus - male Valgus seticollis or V. canaliculatus? - Valgus canaliculatus - female Beetle for ID - Valgus canaliculatus Valgus canaliculatus - female
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
Species canaliculatus (Valgus canaliculatus)
Explanation of Names
Valgus canaliculatus (Olivier 1789)
canaliculatus = 'grooved'
4-5 mm(1)
integument usually lighter than in V. seticollis but telling the two apart from above may be difficult; see key in(1)
Females have a long process on the pygidium(2):
e. US (PA-n.FL to MO-e.TX)(1)(3) [must verify the RI record in(4) =v=]
Adults Mar to early Aug (rarely in Feb & Nov)(1) under logs; Mar-Jun in SC(5)
Adults--primarily, or only, males (1)--visit a variety of spring flowers for nectar. These include trees, shrubs, and herbs.
Life Cycle
Adults found taking nectar on spring flowers. Presumably, adults seek out termite galleries and lay eggs there in late spring to summer. Larvae "feed on the walls of termite galleries", specifically, those of Reticulitermes. (What are they actually eating?) Pupation occurs in late summer, in small oval cells made from bits of wood or soil. Adults emerge in late summer and overwinter, apparently under logs, etc. (Near the termite galleries?) Adults are found in colonies (associated with the termites), usually with approximately equal numbers of males and females.(6)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
3.Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC)
4.The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island, an Annotated Checklist
Derek Sikes. 2004. Rhode Island Natural History Survey.
5.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
6.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)