Mating Rose Chafers

Subject: SOAT (Save our apple tree!)
Location: Central WI
June 4, 2012 2:24 pm
These were found all over all our favorite apple tree! ANd in the garden as well on the peppers and squash plants. We live in Central WI and this pic was taken today, June 4th 2012. Please help us ID it so we can get rid of it!
Signature: apple lovers

Rose Chafers Mating

Dear apple lovers,
You have submitted a photograph of mating Rose Chafers, either
Macrodactylus subspinosus or Macrodactylus angustatus.  Here is what BugGuide has to say about the Rose Chafer:  “Adults emerge in early summer and feed on flowers, some leaves. They live for up to 6 weeks. Mating occurs on food sources. Eggs are laid deep (13-15 cm!) in soil and hatch in one to three weeks. Larvae feed on roots and overwinter deep in soil. Pupation in early spring in the soil, just under the surface.”

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