Beetles in New Mexico

There are many species of scarab beetles in New Mexico, mainly in season from May to July, with the adults observed at night. The invasive Japanese and Ten-lined June beetles have a limited distribution inhabiting the north-central parts of the state. The Green June beetle, however, is a native to New Mexico seen throughout. The ladybird beetle species present here do more good than harm since they eat the plant-eating aphids, thus protecting crops from getting destroyed.

Woodboring beetles like the Citrus Long-horned beetle and the old house borer beetle attack many hardwood trees like oak, pine, and willow, causing massive damage. Of the carpet beetles, the varied carpet beetle is the most significant house pest present here.

Beetles in New Mexico (NM)

Largest Beetles: Japanese Beetle, Green June Beetle, Ten-lined June Beetle, Citrus Long-horned Beetle

Smallest Beetles: Varied Carpet Beetle, Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Most Common Beetles:  Green June Beetle,Varied Carpet Beetle

Longhorn Beetles

  • Citrus Long-horned Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis)
  • Old House Borer Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
  • California Root Borer Beetle (Prionus californicus)

Skin Beetles

  • Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)

Ladybird Beetles

Blister Beetles

  • Margined Blister Beetle (Epicauta funebris)
  • Ash Gray Blister Beetle (Epicauta fabricii)
  • Yellow-crescent Blister Beetle (Pyrota insulata)
  • Immaculate Meloid Blister Beetle (Epicauta immaculata)
  • Black Blister Beetle (Epicauta pensylvanica)

Darkling Beetles

  • Desert Stink Beetle (Eleodes caudiferus)

Scarab Beetles

  • Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)
  • Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)
  • Ten-lined June Beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata)
  • Brown Dung Beetle (Onthophagus gazelle)

Rhinoceros Beetles

  • Western Rhinoceros Beetle (Xyloryctes thestalus)

Stag Beetles

True Weevils