Japanese Beetle

Subject: Iridescent Beetle
Location: Minnesota
July 1, 2016 9:58 pm
Hi! I’ve seen a few of these cool iridescent guys eating the leaves outside our garage, and I was wondering what they are. At first I thought it was a dogbane beetle? But to my knowledge those don’t have the white spots around their body’s like this one does. He sure was chomping away though!
Signature: Natalie

Japanese Beetle
Japanese Beetle

Dear Natalie,
Though it is a pretty beetle, the Japanese Beetle,
Popillia japonica, is an invasive, exotic species that is the scourge of gardeners who grow roses.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on roots of many plants. Adults feed on foliage, flowers and fruits of various plants.” 

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