Third instars of Macrodactylus mexicanus Burmeister, Macrodactylus nigripes Bates, and Macrodactylus ocreatus Bates are described from specimens collected from soil in corn fields at Chignahuapan, Puebla and La Malinche, Tlaxcala, and from soil in an amaranth grain field at Zapotitlán Salinas, Puebla. Illustrations of diagnostic structures, comparative comments with similar species, and a key to known third instars of Macrodactylus Dejean in Mexico are included. Data on the habits and reproductive behavior of M. ocreatus in nature and in captivity are also provided.
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1 September 2010
Description of the Larvae of Three Species of Macrodactylus Dejean (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from Mexico, with Notes on the Reproductive Behavior of Macrodactylus ocreatus Bates
Miguel Ángel Morón,
Sara Yunuén Rodríguez-Velázquez,
Amada Nayeli Cortés-Meza,
Miguel Ángel Damián-Huato