Beetles in Oklahoma

Of the several beetles in Oklahoma, the Japanese beetle is one of the biggest, mainly concentrated in northeastern counties like Cherokee, Delaware, and Adair. When it comes to a few dangerous beetles thriving here, the American oil of the blister beetle family is one of them known to secrete a chemical substance if threatened that may cause blisters to the human skin upon touching. The big green june beetle, which is active mainly during the daytime, is another pest thriving here, infesting raspberry, apple, peach, and grape trees.

The critically endangered American burying beetle also dwells here found in about 29 eastern Oklahoma counties, inhabiting oak-hickory forests.

Beetles in Oklahoma (OK)

Largest Beetles: American Burying Beetle, Japanese Beetle, Green June Beetle, Eastern Hercules Beetle,

Most Common Beetles: Japanese Beetle, Striped Blister Beetle, Asian Lady Beetle

Carrion Beetles

  • American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)

Blister Beetles

  • Striped Blister Beetle (Epicauta vittata)
  • Margined Blister Beetle (Epicauta funebris)
  • Florida Blister Beetle (Epicauta floridensis)
  • Bronze Blister Beetle (Lytta polita)
  • American Oil Beetle (Meloe americanus)
  • Epicauta torsa

Stag Beetles

Scarab Beetles

  • Oklahoma Dung Beetle (Onthophagus oklahomensis)
  • Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)
  • Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida)

Rhinoceros Beetles

Ladybird Beetles

Ground Beetles

  • Big-headed Ground Beetle (Scarites subterraneus)