Oriental Beetle (Dark Form) - Exomala orientalis
This delightful weirdo had me stumped at first. It looked so much like E. orientalis, except for the coloration. I finally figured out that there was a dark form of this species and that this was it!
Habitat: Rural garden
The Oriental beetle is a beetle about 0.7 - 1.1 cm long, with mottled, metallic brown- and black-colored elytra and a similarly-colored thorax and head during the adult stage. 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.. more