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Green June Beetle

Cotinus nitida


This pest and its subspecies (one in Texas and another in southern Florida) is a native of North America where soil does not regularly freeze below 3 to 4 inches. It is most common from southern Pennsylvania across to Oklahoma and south. It most commonly a turf pest in the transitions zones of Tennessee and Kentucky to the Carolinas. California populations cause damage around the San Diego area.


Varied: near woodlands, suburban habitats with lawns.

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LaurenZarate 9 years ago

If you have be considered a pest, it is best to be a pretty pest... :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Sorry I didn't mean you of course. As you would know Australia has some pretty unique endemic wildlife but we also have official government websites which lists much of it as pests 8-( Strange world.

crazy.about.nights 9 years ago

It is a very pretty beetle! Don't worry, I don't consider him a pest.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's quite a pretty pest. I'm always sort of frustrated when humans describe an endemic species as a pest. :-/

Ohio, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2013
Submitted on Apr 22, 2013

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