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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Osmoderma

Black cetonid - Osmoderma eremicola Big Beetle 1 - Osmoderma scabra Osmoderma eremicola Large Maroon/Brown beetle - Osmoderma scarab - Osmoderma scabra Osmoderma scabra Cetoniinae - Osmoderma subplanata Carabus? - Osmoderma scabra
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 Osmodermini
Genus Osmoderma
Explanation of Names
Osmoderma LePeletier et Serville 1828
Greek osme 'smell' + derma 'skin'(1)
Numbers
3 spp. in our area, 9 total(2)(3)
Size
Circa 20-25 mm
Range
Holarctic(3); in our area, e. NA (O. scabra, O. eremicola, and the similar yet more western O. subplanata) -- all three reach Canada(4)
Food
Decaying centers of various hardwoods
See Also
Print References
Howden, H.F. 1968. A review of the Trichiinae of North and Central America (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 54: 77 pp.
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Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
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.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)
4.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska
5.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
6.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.