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Beyer's Scarab

Chrysina beyeri (Skinner)

Family Scarabaeidae, Subfamily Rutelinae, Tribe Rutelini

cf. C. gloriosa

Large Pic

Carr Peak, Cochise Co., AZ
July 28, 2005 (M Stangeland & K Davis)

Flight Period: Four specimens in the TAMUIC from July and August.

Taxonomy: Hawks et al. (in press) synonymized the genera Plusiotis and Pelidnotopsis with Chrysina.

Similar Species

The genus Chrysina includes 95 species (Hawks 2001), most occur in Mexico though the genus ranges from the southwestern United States to northern South America. 

Six species occur in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico:

Chrysina gloriosa (LeConte)  TX NM AZ n. MX
Chrysina woodi (Horn) TX n. MX
Chrysina lecontei (Horn) NM AZ n. MX
Chrysina beyeri (Skinner) AZ n. MX
Chrysina erubescens Bates n. MX
Chrysina plusiotina (Ohaus) n. MX

Website: Plusiotis gloriosa


Chrysina beyeri - Poul Beckmann
Beyer's Scarabs Mating - Bob Jensen
Plusiotis gloriosa
- Edward S. Ross
Chrysina gloriosa - Poul Beckmann
Chrysina (Plusiotis) gloriosa - Bob Jensen
Photo Gallery - Rutelinae - The Insect Company


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Cazier, M.A. 1951. The genera Chrysina and Plusiotis of north central Mexico (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). American Museum Novitates, 1516: 1-8.

Fagerlund, R. 1999. A Preliminary Checklist of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of New Mexico With Notes on Their Distribution. Environmental Services, Physical Plant Dept., The University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hawks, D.C. 2001. Taxonomic and nomenclatural changes in Chrysina and synonymic checklist of species (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Occasional Papers of the Consortium Coleopterorum. 4(1):1-8.

Hawks, D.C., C.S. Babcock & J.M. Heraty. Phylogenetic relationships of Chrysina Kirby (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae), and a comparative method for building character state trees. Systematic Biology. Submitted. 

Morón, M.A., B.C. Ratcliffe, & C. Deloya. 1997. Atlas de los Escarabajos de Mexico (Coleoptera: Lamellicornia). Vol. 1. Familia Melolonthidae. CONABIO and Sociedad Mexicana de Entomologia, Mexico. 280 pp.

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

Young, F.N. 1957. Notes on the habits of Plusiotis gloriosa LeConte (Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 11(3-4): 67-70. 

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