UF-IFAS Pest Alert: Asiatic Garden Beetle, by Skelley (FDACS-DPI)

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Photograph by Paul Skelley, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera castanea (Arrow), has been a pest in the northeastern United States since the 1920s. Generally not as abundant or damaging as the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica Newman), the Asiatic garden beetle is occasionally numerous enough to cause damage to turf, gardens and field crops, as well as simply being a nuisance. The discovery of the Asiatic garden beetle in Florida was not unexpected. This is the first report of this pest beetle in the lower southeastern U.S. coastal plain.

Author: Paul E. Skelley, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Originally published as DPI Entomology Circular 425

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/ORN/TURF/asiatic_garden_beetle.htm

Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman (gillett@ufl.edu ) is the editor of UF-IFAS Featured Creatures publications and submitted content for this UF-IFAS Pest Alert.