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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 Melolonthinae

Scarabaeid Pests: Subfamily Melolonthinae

(p.205) 15 Scarabaeid Pests: Subfamily Melolonthinae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the Asiatic garden beetle, in the order Coleoptera, family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Melolonthinae, tribe Sericini. Adult Asiatic garden beetles are pests of ornamental plants and vegetable gardens. Although the insect breeds in greater abundance in weedy, abandoned areas than in lawns, the grubs often are destructive to turfgrass. Turf injury is most prevalent where weedy, disturbed areas and turfgrass sites exist side by side. Because the Asiatic garden beetle is attracted to bright lights on warm nights of July and August, the beetle is a nuisance at all types of nighttime amusement and recreational parks, open-air restaurants, and well-lit storefronts. The chapter also looks at the European chafer, as well as May and June beetles.

Keywords:   Asiatic garden beetles, Scarabaeidae, Melolonthinae, ornamental plants, vegetable gardens, turfgrass pests, European chafer, May beetles, June beetles

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