Grapevine Hoplia (Hoplia callipyge)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Grapevine Hoplia.
Updated: 6/12/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Common Name: Grapevine Hoplia
Other Name(s): Monkey Beetle
Scientific Name: Hoplia callipyge
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 11mm (0.20in to 0.43in)
Identifying Colors: brown, black
Additional Identifiers: hairy, dark, fuzzy, , long legs, flying
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 rounded 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 small beetle appears 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.