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Lined June Beetle

Polyphylla hammondi complex

Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Melolonthinae, Tribe Melolonthini


(males have expanded antennal clubs)

Utley, Bastrop Co., TX
July 16, 2006 (Brush Freeman)
At Blacklight

Det. and Comment per Ed Riley, "This "species" seems to be restricted to the Colorado River flood plane and also the upper tributaries of that river."

Similar Species

 There are 29 species of Polyphylla for North America (Arnett, et.al. 2002).

Texas Polyphylla species: Per Riley & Wolfe (2003)

Polyphylla decemlineata (Say) 
Polyphylla hammondi LeConte 
Polyphylla monahansensis Hardy 
Polyphylla pottsorum Hardy 
Polyphylla speciosa Casey 
Polyphylla squamiventris Cazier 

Website: Polyphylla - BugGuide


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.

Riley, E.G. & C.S. Wolfe. 2003. An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement, no. 26. 37 pp.

19 Jul 2006   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information