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Beetle (Chafer) Scarab (Odontria genus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Melolonthinae
Genus: Odontria
Species: Odontria
Common name: Scarab beetles

There are about 140 species of chafer beetles in New Zealand.
These beetles have larvae that feed in the soil on roots and as adults, they feed on the foliage of many species.
The larvae of scarab beetles are characteristically C-shaped, whitish grubs with 3 pairs of slender legs.
Odontria species of chafers are fuzzy/velvety whereas Costelytra species are smooth and shiny.

A chafer beetle larva, of the Odontria species with the characteristically C-shape, 


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