Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetle. Photo credit: Noel Troxclair, Texas A&M University

Photo credit: Noel Troxclair, Texas A&M University

Japanese beetle Intermediate indicator graphic

Scientific name: Popillia japonica
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

Facts: Over 300 plant species are hosts of Japanese beetles which are widespread and destructive pests of turf, landscape, and ornamental plants and fruit, garden and field crops. Japanese beetle larvae, known as white grubs, feed on roots, especially of grass plants, while the adult beetles feed on foliage, flowers and fruit. The beetles are a distinctive metallic green with copper-colored wings and five tufts of white “hairs” along each side of the abdomen.

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