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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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Scarabaeid Pests: Subfamily Aphodiinae

Scarabaeid Pests: Subfamily Aphodiinae

(p.174) 12 Scarabaeid Pests: Subfamily Aphodiinae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights the black turfgrass ataenius. The black turfgrass ataenius, in the order Coleoptera, family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Aphodiinae, is one of 63 Ataenius species recognized in the United States and Canada. The black turfgrass ataenius was considered only an incidental turfgrass pest prior to the 1970s. From 1970 to about 1995 it was a sporadic but more serious pest on golf course fairways, greens, and tees over a wide area of North America. Since 1995, reports of damage to golf course fairways have been less frequent. Black turfgrass ataenius is now considered a relatively uncommon pest on golf courses, and damage is normally much less severe than damage caused by annual white grubs such as Japanese beetles or European chafers. The chapter also looks at Aphodius granarius, Aphodius pardalis Le Conte, and Aphodius lividus, order Coleoptera, family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Aphodiinae, which are occasional pests of turfgrass.

Keywords:   black turfgrass ataenius, Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae, turfgrass pests, golf courses, Aphodius granarius, Aphodius pardalis Le Conte, Aphodius lividus

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