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: