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Hoplopyga sp.


A medium sized scarab, 2 cm in length, that is greenish brown with some pinkish metallic coloring and a pale pattern on the end of the elytra. The spots are interesting in that they are shiny black and raised, like spots of tar. The legs are brown with the same spots and pits. The underside is beautiful with a pink metallic coloring and black on the mesosternum and abdominal segments and the same tar-like spots. Family Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae.


Garden lights, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.


I have found two dead specimens of this beetle this past year (never having seen this one before) and finally found a live one. When dead, they turn completely brown, losing the green coloration. This makes collection specimens look like a different species. This one is also now completely brown.

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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on May 11, 2019
Submitted on Jun 12, 2019

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