Rutelinae or shining leaf chafers is a subfamily of the scarab beetles (family Scarabaeidae). It is a very diverse group; distributed over most of the world, it contains some 200 genera with over 4,000 described species in 7 tribes. A few recent classifications include the tribe Hopliini, but this is not generally accepted.[1][2]

Chrysina sp. Ex coll. Felix Stumpe
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Rutelinae
MacLeay, 1819

Unlike some of their relatives, their habitus is usually lacking in ornamentation, such as horns. They resemble the Melolonthinae in being fairly plesiomorphic in outward appearance. Many species have brilliant or iridescent hues, however, such as the genus Chrysina, and a number of species are serious pests (e.g., the Japanese beetle).


  1. ^ "Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles-Scarabaeidae-Rutelinae Overview". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  2. ^ "Shining leaf chafer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-08-15.