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Subject: Two exotic species of scarab beetles (Phyllophaga spp.) found in Florida
Date posted: July 10, 2003
Source: Florida Pest Alert
White grubs were found at the roots of a pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) in December 2002 at a nursery in Homestead, Florida. The grubs were reared to adults at the University of Florida Tropical Research and Educational Center (TREC) and identified as Phyllophaga hondura Saylor (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) by the Florida Division of Plant Industry . Another exotic species, P. aequata (Bates), was discovered in the TREC insect collection. The specimens of P. aequata were collected on the TREC grounds at ultraviolet light traps in April 2002. Both of these species are listed by King (1984) as economically important in Central America but specific hosts are not listed. This is the first record of these species of Phyllophaga in the United States.

King, A.B.S. 1984. Biology and identification of white grubs (Phyllophaga) of economic importance in Central America. Tropical Pest Management 30: 36-50.

For the full story see:
http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/~pi/enpp/ento/scarab-pest-alert.htm

Editors note: Specimens initially identified as P. aequata were later found to be an unidentified species (not P. aequata).