Damage caused by green June beetle grubs, Cotinis nitida L. Although green June beetle grubs prefer to feed on decaying organic matter, they can chew the tender roots of grass plants. Damage to turf and pasture is primarily mechanical because grub tunneling and movement in the soil uproot grass plants, which then dry out and die.
Green June Beetle, Cotinis nitida Hosts : The beetles injure fruits of many kinds, including grapes, peaches, raspberry, blackberry, apple, pear, quince, plum, prune, apricot, and nectarine, and frequently feed as well on the sap of oak, maple, and other trees, and on the growing ears of com. They are attracted to ripe especially overripe fruits. The larvae feed on decaying organic matter in the soil or in well-rotted manure or compost piles.
After a hard, summer rain, I headed out to my garden early to pick vegetables. By midsummer it was a bit of a jungle; and I had charged well into the tangle of tomato plants before I heard and saw hundreds of huge, green June beetles swarming and buzzing all around me! My first response was to duck-and-cover; but I quickly realized that to the June beetles, I was nothing more than a party pooper — getting in the way of their frantic eating, mating, and egg laying.
Link Link Link. True white grubs are the larvae of May beetles also called June Beetles found in the genus Phyllophagaof which there are over different species. Phyllophaga larvae and other larvae of the family Scarabaeidae are often referred to as white grubs, including larvae of the Japanese beetle Popillia japonica Newmanannual white grubs Cyclocephala spp. Figure 1.
Cotinis nitidacommonly known as the green June beetleJune bug or June beetle is a beetle of the family Scarabaeidae. It is found in the eastern United Stateswhere it is most abundant in the South. It is sometimes confused with the related southwestern species figeater beetle Cotinis mutabiliswhich is less destructive.
Department of Entomology W. Green stripes with yellow-orange margins extend lengthwise on the front wings. The underside of the body is distinctly shiny and metallic green or gold.
June bugs -- also referred to as June beetles -- are common insects in North America and other parts of the world. More than species exist in genus Phyllophaga. Species differ in aspects such as habitat, seasonal occurrence, distribution and length.
Green June beetle is a serious direct pest of grapes at harvest, attacking the berries in the ripening clusters. Green June beetle is attracted to the ripening clusters as the berries soften and the sugar content increases. This creates a serious problem for grape growers, as they often don't realize the magnitude of the situation until harvest when their options are limited.
Green June beetles Cotinis nitidaalso called fig beetles, are large, metallic-green insects with yellow stripes on the wings. They earned their name because populations peak in June, with the adults feeding on ripening fruit in the morning and the larvae tunneling through the soil to eat decaying plant matter at night. Although the larva's burrowing activity helps aerate the soil, excessive tunneling occasionally loosens grass and plant roots enough to disrupt the flow of water and kill vegetation.