The varied pattern on the elytra of a Shining Leaf Chafer can be something of an anomaly, making it difficult to identify.
Shining Leaf Chafers are beetles that chew holes into leaves. Their glossy elytra, or wing coverings, may appear metallic. The patterns that develop on individuals in the genus Anomala are different, so comparing two next to each other may lead one to conclude they are not the same species. A pattern may be a clear set of zigzags, or it may be emerging dots of color. Many are brown overall, but some are a silvery gray with deep purple lines on them.
Shining Leaf Chafers are common throughout the continent, and some species choose specific plants to feed on. They are commonly found in both vegetable and flower gardens, fields, and meadows.
Scientific Name: Anomala spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 12mm (0.23in to 0.47in)
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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.