Green June Beetle (Cotinus nitida)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Green June Beetle.
Updated: 8/29/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The robust Green June Beetle is a beautiful little menace to all sorts of valuable produce.
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.