Asiatic garden beetle

Autocerica castanea

The eggs are laid in the soil in clusters of up to 20, held together by a gelatinous material. The larva, or grub, is a typical C-shaped scarab grub. The larva is white with a brown head capsule and six legs, and has a V-shaped anal opening with a single transverse row of curved spines on the underside of the last segment. Mature grubs are about 3/4 inch long. The larva pupates in an earthen cell, emerging as an adult beetle in about 8-15 days. The adult is a small chestnut-brown, velvety, sometimes almost iridescent, scarab beetle. The wing covers (elytra) do not entirely cover the abdomen.

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