The light marks on the Variegated June Beetle look like scrapes and scratches, but they are actually part of the plan.
Maroon in color, the Variegated June Beetle has lines of irregular tan or ivory marks that give the beetle a weathered look. The number, placement, and length of these markings vary per individual. A light layer of fuzz may cover the beetle. Antennae are orange-red and have a sharp bend, like an elbow. The antennae's tips can fan out and appear comb-like or feathery. The robust beetle chews on trees leaves, and may be referred to as a type of chafer, a group of beetles that defoliate trees. This species is active during the summer and comes to light at night.
Scientific Name: Polyphylla variolosa
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 28mm (0.86in to 1.09in)
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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.