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Grapevine Hoplia (Hoplia callipyge)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Grapevine Hoplia

The Grapevine Hoplia is a beetle that hangs around the western part of the continent, from the coast to the Rocky Mountains.

Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small, hairy 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 species of beetle appears a bit 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.

Known Diet of the Grapevine-Hoplia

leaves, flowers, plants, vegetation

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Scarabaeidae
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          Genus: Hoplia
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            Species: callipyge
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hoplia callipyge
Other Name(s): Monkey Beetle
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 11mm (0.19" to 0.43")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, black
Descriptors: hairy, dark, fuzzy, , long legs, flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 5mm (0.2in) and 11mm (0.4in)
Lo: 5mm
Md: 8mm
Hi: 11mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Grapevine Hoplia may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Grapevine Hoplia. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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