Exotic Pest Reporting
Mike Reding and Betsy Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Asiatic garden beetle
Asiatic garden beetle (Maladera castanea) is an insect pest of various plant roots. It is a native of Asia and was first detected in New Jersey in 1922.
Females lay eggs in clusters in the soil beginning in July. Grubs can be found under weedy turf, or in fields of sweetpotato, beans, and other field crops. Developing grubs eat roots, causing serious damage and yield loss.
07/31/2017 - Southwest Michigan field crop update
06/05/2017 - Asiatic Garden Beetle Grub Report
02/24/2016 - Hawaiian Scarab ID