The Grapevine Hoplia is a beetle that hangs around the western part of the continent, from the coast to the Rocky Mountains.
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small, hairy beetle that feeds on the leaves of plants or flowers in a domesticated or wild environment. It is a type of Scarab beetle and has a body similar in shape to a Japanese Beetle or June Bug. This species of beetle appears a bit two-toned: part brown, part brown-black. On closer inspection, the body appears to be completely covered in tiny white hairs. They have typical beetle legs with the hind set longer than the middle and forward pairs. Adults of this species can be identified by how they rest - with their legs positioned upwards into the air as if they are waiting for a 'high five'.
They can reside in a variety of habitats: from flat plains and gardens to rough and wild mountains. Adults can be found in the warmer months of the year, particularly during the spring and summer periods, when they are often seen breeding on plants. A type of Monkey Beetle, they have a remarkable ability to cling to flowers and leaves despite decent efforts to knock them off.
Scientific Name: Hoplia callipyge
Other Name(s): Monkey Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 11mm (0.20in to 0.43in)
Colors: brown, black
Descriptors: hairy, dark, fuzzy, , long legs, flying
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.