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Japanese Beetles

Hundreds of different species of foliar plants. Some preferences are rose, basil, grape, ornamental fruit trees, many others. As larvae they are a serious threat to many turfgrass species. Adults feed voraciously on the foliage of many host species. Most feeding injury appears as skeletonization (“window-paning effect”) of the foliage, often leading to complete defoliation. Larvae (grubs) feed on the roots of many turfgrasses and cause total destruction of the host. Adults are strong fliers, live for several weeks, and emerge over a two month period, thus making management a challenge. Usually multiple applications of chemical pesticides are warranted to protect favored host plants.