Shining Leaf Chafer: Pelidnota strigosa

Subject: Beetle
Location: Sayulita, Nayarit. México
October 2, 2016 1:13 pm
Hello! i found this shiny beetle in the jungle of the coast of Nayarit, México.
Signature: Ana

Shining Leaf Chafer
Shining Leaf Chafer

Dear Ana,
This magnificent Scarab Beetle is a Shining Leaf Chafer in the subfamily Rutelinae, and we are pretty certain it is in the genus Chrysina.  There are only four species represented on BugGuide from North America north of Mexico, but there are additional species in Mexico.  It might be LeConte’s Chrysina,
Chrysina lecontei, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Considered by New Mexico to be a ‘Species of Greatest Conservation Need'”  Alas, we are unable to provide you with a species identification with any certainty even though 85 species are pictured on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles Chrysina Gallery, but another possibility is Chrysina quetzalcoatli which is also pictured on the Chrysina Gallery.  We will attempt to get an expert opinion for you.

Shining Leaf Chafer
Shining Leaf Chafer

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