Barybus sp.

May Beetle

Barybus sp., May Beetle (Scarab Beetles), image from Costa Rica


Family: Scarabaeidae

Subfamily: Melolonthinae

Tribe: Melolonthini

Length: beetle in the photo 14.6 mm


Genus Barybas is most closely related to the more northern genus Hoplia.  While Hoplia is found from Canada to Panama, Barybas ranges from Nicaragua to Bolivia, including Trinidad.  Barybas contains about 50 species.  These beetles feed on foliage and flowers, and many species are attracted to lights.

Photo location: Tuis, Cartago province, Costa Rica.

Determined by Dr. Brett C. Ratcliffe, University of Nebraska.

American Insects site