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Shining Leaf Chafer (Anomala spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Shining Leaf Chafer

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The varied pattern on the elytra of a Shining Leaf Chafer can be something of an anomaly, making it difficult to identify.

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: Anomala
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Anomala spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 12mm (0.23" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: gray, purple, white, black
Descriptors: shiny, metallic, silver, purple, violet, flying, beetle, shell

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 6mm (0.2in) and 12mm (0.5in)
Lo: 6mm
Md: 9mm
Hi: 12mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Shining Leaf Chafer 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 Shining Leaf Chafer. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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