Patent Leather Scarab Beetle

Pelidnota lugubris

Pelidnota lugubris, Scarabaeidae, photo © by Mike Plagens

Attracted to light at Rackensack Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 11 Aug. 2016.

Scarabaeidae -- Scarab Beetle Family

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The gossy black elytra (wing covers) and prothorax (segment behind the head) are free of grooves and pits. This insect emerges after the onset of summer rains. It is among the many types of insects that are drawn to electric lights at night and may be harmed by light polution.

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page


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