Beetles in Arizona

Arizona is home to several beetle species of different families like the longhorn, scarab, and leaf beetles found mainly around the Sonoran desert regions and even other parts of the state. One significant species is the giant palo verde root borer beetle as big the size of a human hand, often spotted flying around. The smaller carpet beetles are infamous as household pests infesting blankets, woolen garments, pillows, and so on.

Beetles in Arizona (AZ)

Largest Beetles: Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle, Cactus Longhorn Beetle, Long-jawed Longhorn Beetle

Smallest Beetles: Black Carpet Beetle, Varied Carpet Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle

Most Common Beetles: Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle, Black Carpet Beetle, Desert Ironclad Beetle

Here is the list of beetles found in Arizona arranged in order of the family they belong to.

Longhorn Beetles

  • Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle (Derobrachus geminatus)
  • Long-jawed Longhorn Beetle (Dendrobias mandibularis)
  • Double-banded Bycid Beetle (Sphaenothecus bivittata)
  • Mesquite Girdler (Oncideres rhodisticta)
  • Cactus Longhorn Beetle (Moneilema gigas)

Skin Beetles

  • Black Carpet Beetle (Attagenus unicolor)
  • Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)
  • Furniture Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus flavipes)

Scarab Beetles

  • Figeater Beetle (Cotinis mutabilis)
  • Beyer’s Scarab Beetle (Chrysina beyeri)
  • Golden Brown June Beetle (Cotalpa consobrina)
  • Masked Chafer (Cyclocephala melanocephala)

Rhinoceros Beetles

Darkling Beetles

Ground Beetles

  • Western Tiger Beetle (Cicindela oregona)

Predaceous Diving Beetles

  • Sunburst Diving Beetle (Thermonectus marmoratus)

Ladybird Beetles

  • Convergent Lady Bird (Hippodamia convergens)
  • Seven-spot Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)
  • Cactus Lady Beetle (Chilocorus cacti)

Leaf Beetles

  • Creosote Litter Leaf Beetle (Pachybrachus mellitus)
  • Mesquite Casebearer (Cryptocephalus maccus)
  • Striped Willow Flea Beetle (Disonycha alternata)
  • Brittlebush Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda geminate)
  • Three-lined Potato Beetle (Lema daturaphila)
  • Clavate Tortoise Beetle (Plagiometriona clavata)
  • Burroweed Leaf Beetle (Leptinotarsa lineolata)
  • Ambrosia Leaf Beetle (Zygogramma tortuosa)

Checkered Beetles

  • Ornate Checkered Beetle (Trichodes ornatus)

Net-winged Beetles

  • Fernandez Net-winged Beetle (Lycus fernandezi)
  • Bloody Net-winged Beetle (Lycus sanguineus)

Blister Beetles

  • Master Blister Beetle (Lytta magister)
  • Iron Cross Beetle (Tegrodera aloga)
  • Red-eared Blister Beetle (Lytta auriculata)
  • Elegant Blister Beetle (Eupompha elegans)
  • Inflated Beetle (Cysteodemus armatus)

Bess Beetles