Location: Long Island, NY 11946
July 7, 2013 5:53 am
Hi there. What type of Beetle is this and is it harmful to my vegetable plants and flowering shrubs? Many thanks. -Sam
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This is a Scarab Beetle in the genus Polyphylla, the Lined June Beetles. Our featured Bug of the Month for July 2013 is the Ten Lined June Beetle, a member of the genus. We believe you have submitted a photo of a Variegated June Beetle, Polyphylla variolosa, based on photos and the posted range listed on BugGuide. BugGuide also states: “Adults feed on tree foliage, thus sometimes called ‘chafers’.” We doubt they will feed on vegetables, but perhaps the leaves and blooms of some flowering shrubs.