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Japanese beetle

Popillia japonica


As the name suggests, the Japanese beetle is native to Japan. The insect was first found in the United States in 1916 in a nursery near Riverton, New Jersey. It is thought the beetle larvae entered the United States in a shipment of iris bulbs prior to 1912, when inspections of commodities entering the country began.



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KarenL 9 years ago

He was probably calling over all his mates Martin! Yesterday I only saw this one; Today I found around 200 having an orgy on a wild rose in the meadow!

MartinL 9 years ago

Is he waving at us Karen? Some insects hold their hind legs out to enhance how large they look.

KarenL 9 years ago

I find lots of the grubs when I am digging but very few of the actual beetles so I guess the robins & grackles do a good job of keeping them in check!

artistatheart 9 years ago

Chickens love them.

they eat my roses.

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Spotted on May 29, 2012
Submitted on May 30, 2012

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