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different species of Scarabaeoidea (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Edmund Reitter (1845-1920)
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Skarabäiden
• English: scarab beetles
white grubs
• Español: escarabeidos
gusano blanco
• Français: scarabéidés
ver blanc

Scarabaeoidea (scarab beetles)

This is a large superfamily of the Coleoptera which was previously called Lamellicornia. The larvae (white grubs) live in the soil or decaying organic matter and may attack roots. The adult beetles are often plant feeders.

The adults are characterized by the antennal club consisting of leaf-shaped lamellae and the strong teeth on the outer edge of the foretibia which are adapted to digging. The superfamily can be divided into the dung beetles (Laparosticti) and into leaf feeding beetles (Pleurosticti). The group includes more than 2000 genera and many thousand species.

The following families of Scarabaeoidea have been entered into the system: