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Monkey Beetle (Hoplia sp.)


Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Polyphaga > Scarabaeoidea > Scarabaeidae


A genus of diurnal flower-loving scarabs; four species occur in California, and a key to the species is presented in Hardy (1977), the nature of the elytral scales being an important key character in species determination. The most widespread species in the state is H. callipyge, occurring on a wide range of hosts; H. sackenii is similar but less widespread, with fewer Southern California records. H. hirta only occurs in Northern California, usually on Pine, and the distinctive H dispar is usually found in Ceanothus in Central California northward.

References:
1. Hardy, A.R. 1977. A revision of the Hoplia of the Nearctic Realm (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

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