Grapevine Hoplia (Hoplia callipyge)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Grapevine Hoplia, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 2/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Grapevine Hoplia is a beetle that is proving to be a bit of a nuisance to the eastern states in the U.S..
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.