The June beetle is also called the May beetle, and belongs to the family of scarab beetles. It is widely prevalent in North America. It is more common in Nebraska and parts of Canada. People also call it the June bug.
During early summer season, these beetles are found in large numbers. They are attracted to light and they feed even in the night on foliage. They sleep or stay hidden during the day. The June beetles lay their eggs in soil, and the larva is white in color. They are known as grubs. These grubs can stay for two to three years just eating roots and the underground parts of grass, trees and grains. The grubs are enough to cause massive damage to lawns. The predators of the grubs are birds, skunks and certain mammals.
The insects turn into pupae under the ground, and they come out as adults during spring. The grubs of the June beetles are rather easy to identify. They are white and shaped in the form of the letter C. They have plump white bodies and 6 legs. Their heads are brown in color. These can be found if you happen to be digging up the soil in the garden sometimes. Otherwise you cannot find them. The birds usually dig them out and so do skunks.
The best way to control grubs of June beetle is look for them while you are foraging the soil to lay a new crop. You can pick up the grub and feed them to the birds. Keep a bird feeder and attract more birds to your garden. This will help to reduce the problem of the beetle.
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