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Japanese Beetle

Popillia japonica

Description:

The Japanese beetle is often considered an attractive insect. It is generally metallic green with coppery-brown wing covers, which do not quite cover the tip of the abdomen. Along the sides are five patches of whitish hairs. The adult beetle has an oval form and ranges from 8 to 12 mm in length. Typical of other scarab beetles, the antennae are clubbed at the end and may spread to a fan-like form. Adults feed on leaves and flowers of many plants including rose, bean, grape, and crabapple. Feeding injuries to leaves usually result in conspicuous ‘skeletonizing injuries’ where larger veins are avoided leaving a lacy “skeleton” of the leaf. Larvae chew roots of turfgrasses and it is the most important white grub pest of turfgrass in much of the northeastern quadrant of the United States.

Habitat:

Wooded area

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4 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 9 years ago

They are only harmful to plants ;)

Jason Major
Jason Major 11 years ago

They used to be like RUN FOR YOUR LIFE ITS A JAPANESE BEETLE!!!! And we would.

keithp2012
keithp2012 11 years ago

No they dont bite, they have little spines on their legs that may gently scratch you but they dont hurt they are harmless.

Jason Major
Jason Major 11 years ago

I used to be scared of these as a kid. Do they bite? People acted like they do!

keithp2012
Spotted by
keithp2012

West Babylon, New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 27, 2011
Submitted on Jun 27, 2011

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