Color: Iridescent copper color with a green thorax and head

Size: 15mm

Shape: Oval

Wings: Yes

Antennae: Yes

Legs: 6

Region: Throughout the United States

The Japanese Beetle is definitely at the top of the list of pests that cause the most damage to plants and crops. They are hard to control once an infestation begins. A sure tell sign that a Japanese Beetle infestation is present is their way of feasting on foliage. They do something called skeletonizing. This is when the beetle only eats the leafy parts of the foliage and leaves the vein part. Another way to tell if there are Japanese Beetles present is unhealthy brown patches in lawns. This happens because the Japanese Beetle makes its home near the surface of soil and lays their eggs in June. After the eggs hatch in about 2 weeks, the grubs emerge and over winter in the soil for 10 months, feeding on grass and plant roots causing the grass and plants to die. Once the grubs are grown, they will only live for a couple months feeding and destroying crops and plants.