Other Common Names
Hermit Flower Beetle, Hermit Beetle, "Odor-of-Leather Beetle" (for strong odor of "Russian Leather")
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Osmoderma eremicola (Knoch)
Orig. Comb: Cetonia eremicola Knoch 1801
A distinctive big brown scarab, elytra smooth (unlike in O. scabra)
Howden (1968) separates O. eremicola from O. subplanata as follows, but see REMARKS: Elytra frequently appearing polished and very finely punctate. Scutellum usually with impunctate or smooth areas medially and laterally; mostly east of Mississippi River and east of Manitoba.
Central and southern Ontario to Nova Scotia in Canada and central Minnesota to Maine south to Kentucky and North Carolina in the U.S. (see Howden 1968).
rotten logs in woodlands and orchards; adults nocturnal, come to lights
Adults take fruit juices and sugary liquids in captivity.
The morphological differences between O. subplanata and O. eremicola are somewhat arbitrary and more taxonomic research is needed to refine these species concepts. Images were sorted into these two species primarily based on the distribution map in Howden (1968).
Howden, H.F. 1968. A review of the Trichiinae of North and Central America (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 54: 1–77.