Unknown Beetle

gardenshepherdJuly 13, 2012

I've looked online but can't seem to identify this beetle that's been showing up on my butternut squash and bush bean plants. I was hoping that someone might be able to lend a hand at identifying my new visitor. Thanks in advance to those who might have some knowledge on this subject.

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ltilton

Something in the scarab family, which doesn't bode well.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:35PM
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IAmSupernova(SE Texas 9A)

Sifted through over 50 pages of beetle pics, and I think I found it.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/662301/bgimage

I'll keep looking and see if I find a better match, but that looks almost exactly the same as the one in your pic. Wiki says the adult feeds on certain flowers while the grub feeds on grasses.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 10:26PM
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Joe1980(5)

Looks like an oriental beetle, which has a few color variations. It does the same damage as japanese beetles....so kill them.

Joe

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 10:32PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

oriental beetles are apparently very pesky.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_beetle

More info here
http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/insects/Blitopertha_orientalis/ANMLOR_ds.pdf

Here is a link that might be useful: pesky beetle

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:50AM
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gardenshepherd

Thanks to all who contributed to identifying the beetle that I couldn't id. It's been quite the year for new garden pest.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 9:01AM
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