Shining Leaf Chafer Beetle (Cotalpa flavida)
(Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Rutelinae)
Invertebrates Around Las Vegas, Wildlife Around Las Vegas
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)

General: Shining Leaf Chafer Beetles (Cotalpa flavida) are Scarab beetles recognized by their elongate to oval, shiny body and unequal, independently moveable tarsal claws (most obvious on the hind legs).

Adults feed on leaves and fruit, and larvae feed on roots and decaying vegetation. This beetle was found in July under cottonwood trees along a stream in southern Utah.

Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae) Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae) Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae) Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae) Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Note antennae folded down
Cotalpa flavida (Scarabaeidae)
Note antennae folded out

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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