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Monkey Beetle



Distinguished from other Scarabaeidae by the tarsal claws which, especially on the hindlegs, are unequally sized and movable. Larvae are known as white grubs, a term also used for larvae of the subfamily Melolonthinae. They feed on plant litter and plant roots in the soil, and can be serious pests of cultivated crops and lawns. The Hopliini beetles are the most diverse group of rutelines in southern Africa. Adults are often brightly coloured and hairy with large powerful hind legs and usually encountered in flowers.


On Hibiscus plant in garden.

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Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

Yay! I saw! I am so happy! Thanks Karen! What wonderful and strange names beetles carry!

KarenL 7 years ago

Congrats Dez, your spotting is featured in our Facebook beetles quiz !

Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Thank you Luis!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great spotting and series

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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 20, 2012
Submitted on Oct 28, 2012

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