Living With Oriental Beetle

Oriental Beetle

Oriental Beetle

The Oriental Beetle Anomala orientalis is an invasive beetle that first appeared in Connecticut in the 1920s, shortly after the arrival of Japanese Beetle. This beetle has slowly spread westward arriving in Indiana in 2007. Like the Japanese Beetle, Oriental Beetle is a pest of turf, feeding on the roots. Adults emerge about this time of year to mate, lay eggs and feed on several ornamental flowers, especially daisies. I spotted this one at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis clinging to the edge of a leaf. The Conservatory is ideal habitat with acres of turf surrounded by flowers including dasies. The Oriental Beetle is not as common or damaging as Japanese Beetle.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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