Photo by Melody

May Beetle (Phyllophaga sp.)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Phyllophaga
Species: sp.


No positives
1 neutral
2 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Columbus, Ohio
Fort Worth, Texas
Humble, Texas
Plano, Texas

By LadyAshleyR
Thumbnail #1 of May Beetle (Phyllophaga sp.) by LadyAshleyR

Member Notes:

Negative Malus2006 On Jan 8, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

This bug is very common in my backyard. It loves to hide under rocks, etc or a few inches in the soil. It seem to hate sun and only comes out at night. It look more like a reddish brown version of Japanese June bug. If you checked out the other websites, then you will see that it is destructive in both adult and larval form to many species of plants.

Negative zivvel On May 28, 2012, zivvel from Murphy, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

June bugs always swarmed around lights at night in my youth near Houston, and as children, we enjoyed playing with them. Now that I have my own garden and lawn in the Dallas area, I smush all that I find. The young grubs eat the roots of my lawn, and the grown-up beetles love to feast on the leaves of my strawberry plants at night.

Neutral sputnick55 On Aug 4, 2012, sputnick55 from Norfolk County
Canada wrote:

In southwestern Ontario, Canada this beetle is commonly called the June bug for that is when it makes its appearance. It is a dark glossy brown, large, usually at least an inch and flies at night into the screens, attracted by house lights. In the morning they can be found dead beneath lights, windows and trees; mating presumably complete. It is a leaf eater, mostly trees and shrubs.

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