Cyclocephala borealis

Northern Masked Chafer

Cyclocephala borealis, Northern Masked Chafer



Family: Scarabaeidae

Subfamily: Dynastinae

Length: 11-14 mm


Despite the "Northern" in the common and Latin names, this far-flung species is found as far south as South Carolina and Arkansas.

The "Masked" in the common name refers to the black band that connects the eyes in many beetles in the genus Cyclocephala, including C. borealis.

The larvae are of economic importance, feeding on the roots of grasses and grains. Adults feed on Pigweed, Amaranthus spp.

Northern Masked Chafers are active in the nighttime and readily come to lights.

Insects of West Virginia