Lepidiota stigma, copyright U. Schmidt.

Belongs within: Melolonthini.

Lepidiota is a genus of chafers found in southern Asia and northern Australasia, many of which have a dorsal covering of white scales. Some species are notable pests with their larvae feeding on crops such as sugarcane (Britton 1978).

Characters (from Britton 1978): Anterior face of clypeus shallow (ratio of greatest width:mid >8.0:1), usually smooth and unpunctured in middle; anterior edge of clypeus as seen from above usually broadly bilobed; antenna 10- (rarely 9-)segmented, with a 3-lamellate club; lamellae usually shorter than antennal segments 1–7 together; surface of body usually bearing few or many broad adpressed white scales, scales sometimes minute and wholly contained within their punctures; tarsal claws each with strong tooth in middle of concave side; anterior edge of posterior femora not concave near base; mandibles not curved downwards at apices.

Lepidiota Kirby in Kirby & Spence 1828HW92
|--*L. stigma (Fabricius 1798) [=Melolontha stigma]HW92
|--L. aenigma Britton 1978HW92
|--L. alticalceus Allsopp 1989HW92
|--L. amitina Britton 1978HW92
|--L. argentea Britton 1978HW92
|--L. arnhemensis Britton 1978HW92
|--L. aspera Britton 1978HW92
|--L. bidentata Allsopp 1989HW92
|--L. cabala Britton 1978HW92
|--L. caudata Blackburn 1890HW92
|--L. centralis Britton 1978HW92
|--L. ciliata Britton 1978HW92
|--L. clypealis Moser 1913HW92
|--L. comes Britton 1978HW92
|--L. condita Britton 1978HW92
|--L. consobrina Girault 1918HW92
|--L. contigua Britton 1978HW92
|--L. crinita Brenske 1900 [incl. L. trichosterna Lea 1924]HW92
|--L. degener Blackburn 1888HW92
|--L. delicatula Blackburn 1888 [incl. L. suavior Blackburn 1912]HW92
|--L. draconis Britton 1978HW92
|--L. flavipennis Lea 1926HW92
|--L. frenchi Blackburn 1912HW92
|--L. froggatti Macleay 1887HW92
|--L. gibbifrons Britton 1978HW92
|--L. gilesi Blackburn 1912HW92
|--L. grata Blackburn 1890HW92
|--L. grisea Britton 1959HW92
|--L. helleri Moser 1913HW92
|--L. hilli Britton 1978HW92
|--L. hylaea Britton 1978HW92
|--L. laciniata Britton 1978HW92
|--L. laevis Arrow 1932HW92
|--L. lepidosterna Lea 1926HW92
|--L. lewisae Britton 1978HW92
|--L. minuta Moser 1913HW92
|--L. negatoria Blackburn 1912 [incl. L. deceptrix Blackburn 1912, L. mungomeryi Britton 1963]HW92
|--L. noxia Britton 1985HW92
|--L. oblonga Brenske 1900HW92
|--L. oryx Britton 1959HW92
|--L. perkinsi Blackburn 1912HW92
|--L. picticollis Lea 1916HW92
|--L. podicalis Moser 1913 [incl. L. platyura Lea 1924]HW92
|--L. pruinosaCL22
|--L. quinaria Britton 1978HW92
|--L. quinquelineataM86
|--L. rothei Blackburn 1888 [incl. L. bovilli Blackburn 1912, L. koebelei Blackburn 1912, L. parva Moser 1913]HW92
|--L. rubrior Blackburn 1912 [incl. L. rugicollis Moser 1913]HW92
|--L. rufa Blackburn 1888HW92
|--L. salax Britton 1978HW92
|--L. sororia Moser 1913 [incl. L. wilsoni Britton 1959]HW92
|--L. sparsa Britton 1978HW92
|--L. squalida Macleay 1886M86
|--L. squamulata Waterhouse 1875 [incl. L. darwini Blackburn 1888, L. leai Blackburn 1912, L. rugosipennis Lea 1924]HW92
|--L. sticta Britton 1978HW92
|--L. stradbrokensis Lea 1919 [=L. froggatti stradbrokensis]HW92
|--L. townsvillensis Blackburn 1912HW92
|--L. trihomines Allsopp 1990HW92
|--L. ultima Britton 1978HW92
|--L. uptoni Britton 1978HW92
|--L. verna Britton 1978HW92
|--L. weiri Britton 1978HW92
`--L. yorkensis Britton 1978HW92

*Type species of generic name indicated


Britton, E. B. 1978. A revision of the Australian chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) vol. 2. Tribe Melolonthini. Australian Journal of Zoology, Supplementary Series 60: 1–150.

[CL22] Chen, H.-Y., Z. Liu, Z. Wang, S.-J. Yang & S.-X. Luo. 2022. Review of the genus Sericocampsomeris Betrem, 1941 (Hymenoptera, Scoliidae) from China. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 69 (2): 125–138.

[HW92] Houston, W. W. K., & T. A. Weir. 1992. Melolonthinae. In: Houston, W. W. K. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 9. Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea pp. 174–358. AGPS Press: Canberra.

[M86] Macleay, W. 1886. The insects of the Fly River, New Guinea, “Coleoptera”. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (1): 136–157.

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