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Japanese Beetle


Actual Size: Approximately 8 – 11 mm

Characteristics: Metallic green in color; coppery wing covers.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes, but are clumsy flyers.

Habitat: Japanese beetle grubs are pests of turfgrass, chewing grass roots, causing the turf to brown and die. Commonly found in gardens on roses, beans, grapes, and raspberries, feeding under direct sun.


  • Widespread and destructive lawn pests that can destroy landscapes and ornamental plants.
  • Estimated damage and control costs are over $460 million each year in the U.S.
  • Adult beetles can fly, allowing them to easily move throughout a homeowner’s landscape.

Japanese Beetles in Salina

The Japanese beetle is a destructive pest of lawns, landscapes, and ornamental plants in Salina. Widespread throughout the United States, Japanese beetles are a serious pest of turf, trees, shrubs, flowers, and crops. Adults feed on over 300 species of plants, while grubs feed mainly on grass roots. Japanese beetles were first identified in the U.S. in 1916 and have since spread across the country.

Japanese Beetle Habitat

Japanese beetles have a wide range of plants they feed on and can live in a variety of habitats including farms, cities, and even your garden. They have a voracious appetite and especially enjoy roses, beans, grapes, and raspberries. Most active on warm sunny days, they can often be seen feeding in groups in direct sunlight. These pests begin eating at the top of plants and work their way down.

Japanese Beetle Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

While Japanese beetles have powerful chewing parts for efficient leaf-munching, they do not bite people. These pests feed on the soft tissue between leaf veins, leaving behind a skeletonized, lace-like pattern. Due to their distinctive feeding pattern, damage caused by Japanese beetles is often easy to recognize. Japanese beetle larvae (grubs) feed in soil and damage grass as they overwinter, which results in brown patches of dead or dying grass that pull up easily. Adult beetles can fly, so they can appear suddenly. If you suspect a Japanese beetle infestation, contact a local beetle control expert.

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