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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Coleopteran Pests: Family Scarabaeidae

Coleopteran Pests: Family Scarabaeidae

(p.161) 11 Coleopteran Pests: Family Scarabaeidae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies Coleopteran pests. The larvae of turfgrass-infesting species of the family Scarabaeidae constitute a large complex whose members (white grubs) are similar in general appearance, in habits, and in the turfgrass damage they cause. At least 10 species of scarabs, belonging to five subfamilies, are pests of turfgrass in the United States. The larvae of this family are known also as grubs, a term applied to the larvae of several Coleoptera (beetles) and Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) in general. Grubs of the Scarabaeidae are the most serious turfgrass pests in the northeastern United States, and are considered a major pest in the Midwest, Southeast, and parts of the southwestern United States. Their subterranean habits make them among the most difficult of turfgrass insects to manage.

Keywords:   Coleopteran pests, Scarabaeidae, white grubs, turfgrass damage, scarabs, turfgrass pests, grubs, turfgrass insects

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