June Beetles Can Damage Plants This Time Of Year

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Early Saturday morning, I spotted two green beetles on a young apple tree. These are close relatives of what we called in the Midwest “June beetles.”

The green, metallic June beetles are more common here than the brown June beetles in the Midwest. They both can do a lot of damage.

June beetles make an immature form that doesn’t look like a beetle at all but more like a worm or a grub. We would call these “white grubs” or just plain grubs.

People have reported them actively chomping on the soft, fleshy roots of lantana and other trees and shrubs. They also can be seen chomping on roots of some of our lawn grasses.

As adults, they feed on soft fruit, particularly fresh figs, preferring the yellow or white types, such as Kadota, over the purple or brown types. They also will attack any soft fruit such as peaches or apricots if fruits are soft and ready to harvest.

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