Oriental beetle

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Oriental beetle
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Anomala
Species: A. orientalis
Binomial name
Anomala orientalis
Waterhouse, 1875

The Oriental beetle (Anomala orientalis, often given as Exomala orientalis, under an invalid genus name [1]) is a beetle about 0.7 - 1.1 cm (0.3 - 0.4 inches) long, with mottled, metallic brown- and black-colored elytra and a similarly-colored thorax and head during the adult stage. It is sometimes confused with the Japanese beetle. During the larval stage the oriental beetle can be identified by the parallel line raster pattern. It is native to Asia and was introduced to North America and has since spread to and become a pest in several mid-Atlantic states. Its invasive range extends from Maine to South Carolina and Wisconsin. In its larval stage, the grub feeds on the roots of grasses while the adults feed on roses, phlox, and petunias. Sex pheromone traps are available to capture and kill the Oriental beetle.


  1. ^ Jameson, Paucar-Cabrera, Solís. 2003: Synopsis of the New World genera of Anomalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) and description of a new genus from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 96(4): 415–432. doi:10.1603/0013-8746(2003)096[0415:SOTNWG]2.0.CO;2

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