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  • Green June Beetle - (Cotinus nitida)

    Green June Beetle - (Cotinus nitida)

    The robust Green June Beetle is a beautiful little menace to all sorts of valuable produce.

    Staff Writer (8/29/2017): Green June Beetles are a lovely color and a hardy insect. They are active flyers and large enough to be mistaken for a carpenter bee when flying. They frequent gardens, orchards, crops and open wooded areas. Adults feed on stone fruit crops like peaches and plums in the Southeastern U.S., eating the fruit before humans can get to it. Adults also drink from open flowers like buttercups and hollyhocks. The beetle itself if not harmful to humans; just to the crops we grow.

    Adults make noise in flight, letting you know they are present. They skip around to various forms of vegetation in search of food.

    Larvae (grubs) hatch underground and feed on the roots of grasses, vegetables and ornamental plants. This can be problematic for golf courses as the pristine turf is compromised by the grubs. It can also cause damage to crops that humans eat or produce to sell, like tobacco. A long rainy spell can cause the grubs to dig their way to the surface of the soil to avoid drowning, but they will try to go back underground once the soil is dry enough.

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    Green June Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Green June Beetle
    Scientific Name: Cotinus nitida
    Other Names: June Bug

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Scarabaeidae
           Genus: Cotinus
            Species: nitida

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 30mm (0.79in to 1.18in)

    Identifying Colors: green, brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: shiny, metallic, buzzing

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Mississippi; Missouri; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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