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Adoretus versutus
(rose beetle)

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Adoretus versutus (rose beetle)

Summary

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  • 17 November 2021
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Adoretus versutus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • rose beetle
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Third instar A. versutus larvae with strongly sclerotized brown head capsules; frail and white with fine hairs on the body. Larvae are C-shaped and move by curling up in a semi-circle.
TitleThird instar larvae
CaptionThird instar A. versutus larvae with strongly sclerotized brown head capsules; frail and white with fine hairs on the body. Larvae are C-shaped and move by curling up in a semi-circle.
CopyrightL. Beaudoin-Ollivier
Third instar A. versutus larvae with strongly sclerotized brown head capsules; frail and white with fine hairs on the body. Larvae are C-shaped and move by curling up in a semi-circle.
Third instar larvaeThird instar A. versutus larvae with strongly sclerotized brown head capsules; frail and white with fine hairs on the body. Larvae are C-shaped and move by curling up in a semi-circle.L. Beaudoin-Ollivier
A. versutus adults feed by perforating leaflets, starting from the middle and without destroying the ribs: leaflets are eaten away in small but numerous patches, giving a skeletal appearance.
TitleDamage on cocoa
CaptionA. versutus adults feed by perforating leaflets, starting from the middle and without destroying the ribs: leaflets are eaten away in small but numerous patches, giving a skeletal appearance.
CopyrightL. Beaudoin-Ollivier
A. versutus adults feed by perforating leaflets, starting from the middle and without destroying the ribs: leaflets are eaten away in small but numerous patches, giving a skeletal appearance.
Damage on cocoaA. versutus adults feed by perforating leaflets, starting from the middle and without destroying the ribs: leaflets are eaten away in small but numerous patches, giving a skeletal appearance.L. Beaudoin-Ollivier
Adult cocoa trees attacked by A. versutus.
TitleSymptoms on cocoa
CaptionAdult cocoa trees attacked by A. versutus.
CopyrightL. Beaudoin-Ollivier
Adult cocoa trees attacked by A. versutus.
Symptoms on cocoaAdult cocoa trees attacked by A. versutus.L. Beaudoin-Ollivier
Adoretus versutus adult, 12.8 x 6.8 mm, with a dark-brown body covered with dense greyish-white scales dotted with brown-red hairs surrounding small blackish-brown alveoles on the wing cases.
TitleAdult
CaptionAdoretus versutus adult, 12.8 x 6.8 mm, with a dark-brown body covered with dense greyish-white scales dotted with brown-red hairs surrounding small blackish-brown alveoles on the wing cases.
Copyright©Laurence Beaudoin-Ollivier
Adoretus versutus adult, 12.8 x 6.8 mm, with a dark-brown body covered with dense greyish-white scales dotted with brown-red hairs surrounding small blackish-brown alveoles on the wing cases.
AdultAdoretus versutus adult, 12.8 x 6.8 mm, with a dark-brown body covered with dense greyish-white scales dotted with brown-red hairs surrounding small blackish-brown alveoles on the wing cases.©Laurence Beaudoin-Ollivier

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Adoretus versutus Harold

Preferred Common Name

  • rose beetle

Other Scientific Names

  • Adoretus bangalorensis Brenske, 1900
  • Adoretus insularis Fairmaire, 1897
  • Adoretus vestitus Boheman, 1858
  • Adoretus vitiensis Nonfried, 1891

International Common Names

  • English: Fijian cane root grub; Indian rose beetle; Japanese rose beetle

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Laubkäfer, Rosen-

EPPO code

  • ADORVE (Adoretus versutus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Scarabaeidae
  •                             Genus: Adoretus
  •                                 Species: Adoretus versutus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 17 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

MadagascarPresent
MauritiusPresent
RéunionPresent
Saint HelenaPresent
SeychellesPresent

Asia

BangladeshPresent
British Indian Ocean TerritoryPresent
IndiaPresent
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-AssamPresent
-BiharPresent
-GujaratPresent
-Himachal PradeshPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-Madhya PradeshPresent
-PunjabPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-Uttar PradeshPresent
-West BengalPresent
IndonesiaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-JavaPresent
MalaysiaPresent
PakistanPresent
Sri LankaPresent

Oceania

American SamoaPresent
Cook IslandsPresent
FijiPresent, Localized
SamoaPresent, Localized
TongaPresent, Localized
VanuatuPresent, Widespread
Wallis and FutunaPresent, Localized

Habitat List

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CategorySub-CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Terrestrial

Growth Stages

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Flowering stage, Fruiting stage, Post-harvest, Seedling stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Inflorescence / external feeding
Leaves / abnormal leaf fall
Leaves / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Beauveria brongniartii Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Campsomeris marginella Parasite Fiji sugarcane
Campsomeris marginella modesta Parasite Solomon Islands; Vanuatu; Western Samoa ornamental plants
Entomopoxvirus Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Micromeriella marginella Parasite Arthropods|Larvae

References

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Beaudoin L, 1992. Feasibility study into the biological control of the rose beetle Adoretus versutus Harold within South Pacific. CIRAD-IRCC/MinistFre de l'agriculture, de l'élevage, des foréts et des pOches (Vanuatu). A component of Project No.5 : Biological of the taro beetles in South Pacific, September 1991-September 1992. Montpellier, France:CIRAD-CP.

Beaudoin L; Morin JP; Nguyen C; Decazy B, 1995. Study of underground Adoretus versutus Har. (Col., Scarabaeidae) populations in Vanuatu: detection of cohabitation with other white grubs. Journal of Applied Entomology, 119(6):391-397

Beaudoin L; Robert P; Lal SN, 1994. An entomopoxvirus in Adoretus versutus Harold (Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae; Rutelinae) in Fiji. International Journal of Pest Management, 40(1):66-68

Beaudoin L; Robert P; Lal SN; Decazy B, 1994. Control of a pest, Adoretus versutus, using an entomopoxvirus, on the islands of Fiji. Plantations, Recherche, Developpement, 1(2):50-56

Decazy B, 1988. Compte rendu de mission au Vanuatu. CIRAD/IRCC. 6-14 January 1988.

Dupont PR, 1917. Insects notes. Curator's Report on Botanic station, Seychelles, for 1917. Review of Applied Entomology (A) 6:375.

Emmanuel N; Sujatha A; Gautam B, 2010. Record of leaf chafer beetles Adoretus versutus Harold and Apogonia blanchardi Ritsema on cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in Andhra Pradesh. Insect Environment, 16(1):23.

Entwistle PF, 1972. Pests of cocoa. London, UK: Longman, 779 pp.

Fletcher TB, 1916. One hundred notes on India insects. Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa. Bulletin No.59. Review of Applied Entomology (A) 4:438.

Friederichs K, 1914. Uber Adoretus vestitus Boh. schadling in Samoa and scine fruhereu stande zeits wiss. Insectenbiol Berlin, x(2):41-47, 267.

Gravely, 1919. XVII. Descriptions of Indian beetle larvae - III. Records of the Indian Museum, 16(4):263-270.

Jayaramaiah M; Veeresh GK, 1983. Fungal pathogens of white grubs in Karnataka. Journal of Soil Biology and Ecology, 3(2):83-87

Kapadia MN; Butani PG; Beria NN, 2006. White grub species attacking groundnut in the Saurashtra Region in Gujarat, India. International Arachis Newsletter, No.26:28-29.

Lefeuve P; Decazy B, 1990. Mission d'élaboration d'un programme de recherche sur Adoretus versutus Har. ("Rose beetle"), ColéoptFre ravageur du cacaoyer dans le Pacifique sud. IRCC, République du Vanuatu: MinistFre de l'Agriculture.

Lever RJAW, 1945. Entomological notes. Agricultural Journal of Fiji, 16:98-103.

Lever RJAW, 1946. Insect Pests in Fiji. Department of Agriculture, Fiji Bulletin, No.23.

Patel BD; Patel GM, 1999. First record of new species of whitegrubs in Gujarat. Gujarat Agricultural University Research Journal, 25(1):110-111.

Purea TMT, 1971. Studies on the biology of the rose beetle Adoretus versutus Har., (Coleoptera Scarabaeidae). Thesis for Diploma in Tropical Agriculture of the South Pacific Regional College of Tropical Agriculture, Alafua, Apia, Western Samoa.

Putturam AS; Veeresh GK; Govindan R; Nayak NB; Rajeshvarkar VR, 1976. Chafer beetles as pests of jowar earheads in Gulbarga District (Karnataka). Current Research, 5(5):88-89

UK CAB International, 1968. Adoretus versutus. [Distribution map]. Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, December. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, Map 247.

Urquhart DH, 1961. Cocoa. London, UK: Longman.

Veitch R, 1919. Notes on the more important insects in sugar-cane plantations in Fiji. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 10:21-39.

Veitch R; Greenwood W, 1921. The food plants or hosts of some Fiji insects. Proceedings of the Linnaean Society of New South Wales, 46:505-517.

Vernon AJ, 1976. Location factors in cocoa cultivation in Fiji. Fiji Agricultural Journal, 38(1):33-40

Waterhouse DF; Norris KR, 1987. Biological control: Pacific prospects. viii + 454pp

Wesey-FitzGerald D, 1941. Some insects of economic importance in Seychelles. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 32(2):153-160.

Wood GAR, 1985. Production. In: Wood GAR, Lass RA, Cocoa, Ed. 4, Harlow, Essex, UK: Longman. 543-586 pp.

Distribution References

Beaudoin L, 1992. Feasibility study into the biological control of the rose beetle Adoretus versutus Harold within South Pacific. In: CIRAD-IRCC/MinistFre de l'agriculture, de l'élevage, des foréts et des pOches (Vanuatu). A component of Project No.5 : Biological of the taro beetles in South Pacific, September 1991-September 1992, Montpellier, France: CIRAD-CP.

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated b. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Decazy B, 1988. (Compte rendu de mission au Vanuatu. CIRAD/IRCC. 6-14 January 1988).,

Emmanuel N, Sujatha A, Gautam B, 2010. Record of leaf chafer beetles Adoretus versutus Harold and Apogonia blanchardi Ritsema on cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) in Andhra Pradesh. Insect Environment. 16 (1), 23.

Entwistle PF, 1972. Pests of cocoa., London, UK: Longman. 779 pp.

Kapadia M N, Butani P G, Beria N N, 2006. White grub species attacking groundnut in the Saurashtra Region in Gujarat, India. International Arachis Newsletter. 28-29.

Patel B D, Patel G M, 1999. First record of new species of whitegrubs in Gujarat. Gujarat Agricultural University Research Journal. 25 (1), 110-111.

Riazuddin, Rinni Sahrawat, Sharma M K, Jagpal Singh, Rai M K, 2018. Surveying on prevailing species of white grubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the different districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, India. Trends in Biosciences. 11 (11), 2137-2142. http://trendsinbiosciencesjournal.com/upload/08-10193_(Riazuddin).pdf

Sreedevi K, Sakshi Tyagi, Veena Sharma, 2017. Species diversity of white grubs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the sub-Himalayan and northern plains of India. Current Science. 113 (2), 322-328. DOI:10.18520/cs/v113/i02/322-329

UK, CAB International, 1968. Adoretus versutus. [Distribution map]. In: Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Map 247. DOI:10.1079/DMPP/20056600247

Waterhouse D F, Norris K R, 1987. Biological control: Pacific prospects. In: Biological control: Pacific prospects. [Biological control: Pacific prospects.], Melbourne, Australia: Inkata Press. viii + 454pp.

Wesey-FitzGerald D, 1941. Some insects of economic importance in Seychelles. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 32 (2), 153-160. DOI:10.1017/S0007485300005368

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