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Variegated June Beetle (Polyphylla variolosa)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Variegated June Beetle



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The light marks on the Variegated June Beetle look like scrapes and scratches, but they are actually part of the plan.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.



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: Polyphylla
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            Species: variolosa
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Polyphylla variolosa
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 28mm (0.86" to 1.10")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: red; brown; white; ivory
Descriptors: scratched; scraped; light marks; maroon; burgundy; flying; curved; clinging
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 22mm (0.9in) and 28mm (1.1in)
Lo: 22mm
Md: 25mm
Hi: 28mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Variegated June Beetle 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 Variegated June Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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