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Japanese beetle

Scientific Name
Popillia japonica
Scientific Author
Newman 1841
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Specimen Locality Label: Bloomington Monroe County, Indiana, USA. 30.viii.1989 Coll: F.N. Young
Source
Rebecca Graham Department of Agriculture Western Australia
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Diagnostic Notes

The adult is an attractive, broadly oval beetle, 8-11 mm long, and about 5-7 mm wide. Females usually are slightly larger than males. The head and body are dark, metallic green, with darker coppery-green legs. The coppery-brown elytra, which do not quite reach the tip of the abdomen, expose a row of 5 lateral patches of white hairs on each side of the abdomen and a pair of these patches on the dorsal surface of the last abdominal segment. These white patches on the green abdomen distinguish P. japonica from all other beetles that resemble it.

(CABI 2004)

 

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Author
Graham, R.
Created
01/06/2005 01:04 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2011 10:32 AEST
Citation
Graham, R. (2005) Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) Updated on 11/25/2011 10:32:16 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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