June Bug, Beetle

istock_junebugPhyllophaga crinita

A member of the Scarab beetle family, this beetle commonly referred to as a “June bug”, emerges en mass in Texas landscapes in mid-June.

The flying adults feed on plant leaves. It’s larva (grubs), which develop from summer through the following spring, feed on plant roots and can damage lawns and landscape plants. The most effective time to treat for grubs in the lawn is mid-summer (mid-July through early August) when the larva is young and small. Once the grubs get large in their later stages of development, it can be difficult to eradicate them.