Rutelidae

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Popillia japonica (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Bruce Marlin
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rutelidae - (shining leaf chafers)

The family contains more than 4,000 species and has a world-wide distribution. The adults are leaf feeders, but the white grubs are more important as pests and attack the roots.

Members of the family can be recognized by a combination of different characters, including:
at rest, the elytra do not cover the pygidium (tip of the abdomen),
the 2 claws on the tarsi have unequal lengths, the 2nd claw can be much smaller and may even be missing completely,
the antenna has no or few hairs and 9-10 segments, the club 3 lamellae,
the middle tibia has 2 spurs.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Rutelidae: