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Genus Chrysina

Chrysina woodi - Chrysina woodii - male Chrysina lecontei Beyer's Scarab? - Chrysina beyeri beetle, green striped - Chrysina gloriosa beetle, green striped - Chrysina gloriosa LeConte's Chrysina - Chrysina lecontei Chrysina lecontei? - Chrysina lecontei Beyer's Scarab - Chrysina beyeri
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers)
Tribe Rutelini
Genus Chrysina
Explanation of Names
Chrysina Kirby 1828
4 spp. in our area, ~100 total(1)
sw. US to n. South America(1)(2); in our area: C. beyeri AZ; C. lecontei NM, AZ; C. gloriosa TX-AZ; C. woodi TX-NM
(all our spp. range into n. Mexico)
Many species, as well as some other scarabs, reflect these bright colors due to a unique combination of circular polarizing light, multilayer reflectors, and additive color mixing, known to occur only in Scarabaeidae, mostly in Rutelinae.
Print References
Hawks D.C. (2001) Taxonomic and nomenclatural changes in Chrysina and synonymic checklist of species (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Occasional Papers of the Consortium Coleopterorum 4: 1-8.
Internet References
article by Art Evans on discovery and natural history of 4 species in our area.
Works Cited
1.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.
2.A catalog of the Coleoptera of America North of Mexico: Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamilies Rutelinae and Dynastinae
Hardy A. 1991. USDA Agric. Handbook 529-34b, 57 pp.