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White Beetles (Cyphochilus)

The white beetles belong to the family of scarab beetles. They are known for the unusually bright white scales covering their outer shell.

White Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Cyphochilus apicalis
  • Cyphochilus candidus
  • Cyphochilus carinchebanus
  • Cyphochilus costulatus
  • Cyphochilus crataceus
  • Cyphochilus cylindricus
  • Cyphochilus elongatus
  • Cyphochilus farinosus
  • Cyphochilus feae
  • Cyphochilus flavomarginatus
  • Cyphochilus insulanus
  • Cyphochilus latus
  • Cyphochilus manipurensis
  • Cyphochilus marginalis
  • Cyphochilus niveosquamosus
  • Cyphochilus oberthuri
  • Cyphochilus obscurus
  • Cyphochilus ochraceus
  • Cyphochilus peninsularis
  • Cyphochilus podicalis
  • Cyphochilus proximus
  • Cyphochilus pygidialis
  • Cyphochilus testaceipes
  • Cyphochilus tonkinensis
  • Cyphochilus tricolor
  • Cyphochilus unidentatus
  • Cyphochilus ventriglaber
  • Cyphochilus ventritectus
  • Cyphochilus vestitus
  • Cyphochilus waterhousei

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.98-1.2 in (2.5-3 cm)

Color: They have a bright white appearance, quite evident from their common name.

Other Characteristic Features: Their white exoskeleton allows for excellent camouflage against their predators. In their native place, they mostly dwell among the white fungi, being nearly indistinguishable from the latter.

White Beetles

Larva

The newly hatched larvae have six legs.

Pupa

After maturing, the larva goes through a pupation phase, and finally hatches into a full-grown adult.

Egg

The females lay eggs close to the soil.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionSoutheast Asia
HabitatWhite fungi
PredatorsNot recorded
Seasons activeNot recorded
HostsFungi
Diet of adultsNot recorded

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles do not cause any identifiable damage.

White Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • This species’ white scales have served as the inspiration for certain technologies, such as ultra-white paper for cosmetics and coatings, as well as engineering material that efficiently scatters light while also being flexible and switchable.

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The white beetles belong to the family of scarab beetles. They are known for the unusually bright white scales covering their outer shell.

White Beetle

List of Species Belonging to this Genus

  • Cyphochilus apicalis
  • Cyphochilus candidus
  • Cyphochilus carinchebanus
  • Cyphochilus costulatus
  • Cyphochilus crataceus
  • Cyphochilus cylindricus
  • Cyphochilus elongatus
  • Cyphochilus farinosus
  • Cyphochilus feae
  • Cyphochilus flavomarginatus
  • Cyphochilus insulanus
  • Cyphochilus latus
  • Cyphochilus manipurensis
  • Cyphochilus marginalis
  • Cyphochilus niveosquamosus
  • Cyphochilus oberthuri
  • Cyphochilus obscurus
  • Cyphochilus ochraceus
  • Cyphochilus peninsularis
  • Cyphochilus podicalis
  • Cyphochilus proximus
  • Cyphochilus pygidialis
  • Cyphochilus testaceipes
  • Cyphochilus tonkinensis
  • Cyphochilus tricolor
  • Cyphochilus unidentatus
  • Cyphochilus ventriglaber
  • Cyphochilus ventritectus
  • Cyphochilus vestitus
  • Cyphochilus waterhousei

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 0.98-1.2 in (2.5-3 cm)

Color: They have a bright white appearance, quite evident from their common name.

Other Characteristic Features: Their white exoskeleton allows for excellent camouflage against their predators. In their native place, they mostly dwell among the white fungi, being nearly indistinguishable from the latter.

White Beetles

Larva

The newly hatched larvae have six legs.

Pupa

After maturing, the larva goes through a pupation phase, and finally hatches into a full-grown adult.

Egg

The females lay eggs close to the soil.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionSoutheast Asia
HabitatWhite fungi
PredatorsNot recorded
Seasons activeNot recorded
HostsFungi
Diet of adultsNot recorded

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

These beetles do not cause any identifiable damage.

White Beetle Image

Did You Know

  • This species’ white scales have served as the inspiration for certain technologies, such as ultra-white paper for cosmetics and coatings, as well as engineering material that efficiently scatters light while also being flexible and switchable.

Image Source: i.pinimg.com, alchetron.com, upload.wikimedia.org, quoracdn.net,

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