Monkey beetle

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Monkey beetles
Hoplia philanthus Fuessly, 1775 (3582071628).jpg
Hoplia philanthus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Melolonthinae or Rutelinae
Tribe: Hopliini

Monkey beetles are scarab beetles, a group of several genera within the tribe Hopliini. The placement of this tribe within the family Scarabaeidae is uncertain between Melolonthinae and Rutelinae.[1] Many species visit flowers for pollen and nectar, or browse on the petals.


  1. ^ Ahrens, D.; Scott, M.; Vogler, A.P. 2011: The phylogeny of monkey beetles based on mitochondrial and ribosomal RNA genes (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Hopliini). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 60(3): 408-415. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.04.011