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Japanese Beetle

A Japanese beetle resting on a green leaf. The beetle is copper colored with black legs, white tufts on the edge of its body, with a green metallic head.

Other names: Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica

Where did it come from?

Japanese beetle was introduced in 1916 from Japan. It was first recorded in New Jersey and it’s speculated that it was transported in the soil of an ornamental plant.

Why is it invasive?

Japanese beetle is an extreme generalist that eats over 300 types of plants. Adults skeletonize leaves and grubs damage pastures/lawns.


Japanese Beetles in Urban Landscape

Japanese Beetles are Baack

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Image credit: Sara Eguren