Subject:  Bugs in my garden .potatoes?
Geographic location of the bug:  Wirtz Virginia
Date: 07/01/2019
Time: 11:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please help identify what this bug is? They come out when the day starts to heat up and I have been seeing some of them on my potato plants. I will upload 2 pictures
How you want your letter signed:  Lyn

Green June Beetles

Dear Lyn,
These are Green June Beetles and one appears to be laying eggs.  We do not think they are harming your potatoes.  According to BugGuide food preferences are:  “
Adults: Pollen; ripening fruits, especially peaches; and the fruit and leaves of many shrubs. Larvae: roots of many plants including: grasses, alfalfa, vegetables, tobacco, and ornamental plants.”  Adults seem to prefer sugary foods like sap and ripe fruit, and larvae are considered pests that eat the roots of laws grasses.  BugGuide also notes:  “The adults can often be seen in numbers flying just inches over turf.”

Location: Wirtz, Virginia

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