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Punctate Little Bear

Paracotalpa puncticollis LeConte

Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Rutelinae, Tribe Rutelini


Anza Borrego Desert SP, Borrego Springs, San Diego Co., CA
March 25, 2005 (M Stangeland & K Davis)

Range: California to New Mexico

Similar species: Four species are distributed west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, none occur in Texas.

Paracotalpa deserta Saylor, 1940 
Paracotalpa granicollis (Haldeman, 1852) 
Paracotalpa puncticollis (LeConte, 1863) 
Paracotalpa ursina (Horn, 1867) 


Paracotalpa puncticollis - Shining Leaf Chafer Beetle - Barbara Strnadovas
Punctate Bear Beetle (Paracotalpa puncticollis) - Frontal shot - reddirtrose's photos
Punctate Bear Beetle (Paracotalpa puncticollis) on California Juniper - Lynn & Gene Monroe


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Ritcher, P.O. 1966. White Grubs and Their Allies, a Study of North American Scarabaeoid Larvae. Oregon State University Monograph Series No. 4: 1-219.

Saylor, L.W. 1940. Synoptic review of the beetle genera Cotalpa and Paracotalpa of the United States, with description of a new subgenus. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 42: 190-200.

01 Dec 2005   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information