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  • Grapevine Hoplia - (Hoplia callipyge)

    Grapevine Hoplia - (Hoplia callipyge)

    The Grapevine Hoplia is a beetle that is proving to be a bit of a nuisance to the eastern states in the U.S..

    Staff Writer (2/2/2017): The Grapevine Hoplia is a small rounded pesky beetle that has a hunger for vegetation - it will feed on the leaves of plants or flowers in a domesticated or wild environment. This makes them a pest as such feeding diminishes the health of the plant and could affect produce. The beetles themselves can be found in the warmer months of the year, particularly during the spring and summer periods when breeding on plants.

    These small beetles appear as brownish to yellow in color and have a body similar in shape to a Japanese Beetle or June Bug. They have typical beetle legs with the hind set longer than the middle and forward pairs. On close inspection, the body appears to be covered in tiny hairs.

    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.

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    Grapevine Hoplia

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Grapevine Hoplia
    Scientific Name: Hoplia callipyge

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Scarabaeidae
           Genus: Hoplia
            Species: callipyge

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 11mm (0.20in to 0.43in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, red, silver

    Additional Descriptors: hairy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; British Columbia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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