Asiatic Garden Beetle—Maladera castanea

The Asiatic garden beetle attacks more than 100 plants, feeding on both foliage and blossoms, and sometimes completely destroying a plant. Favored hosts include butterfly bush, rose, dahlia, aster and chrysanthemum.

Adult beetles may be active from late June to the end of October, but do the most damage from mid-July to mid-August. They are attracted to porch lights on summer nights and feed at night, chewing irregular holes in host plants. Unlike Japanese beetles, adults notch, shred and strip foliage, rather than skeletonizing it. During the day, they hide in the ground. Beetle grubs feed on roots, damaging plants underground.

See also White Grubs

Asiatic garden beetle larvae
Asiatic garden beetle larvae are typical "C" shaped white grubs. They have a brown head capsule and six legs. They have three instars.

asiatic garden beetle adult
Adult beetles are less than one-half inch long.

asiatic garden beetle adults
They are cinnamon in color and have an iridescent sheen in the sunlight.

asiatic garden beetle leaf notch damage on silver maple
Beetle leaf notching damage on silver maple.

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[Photos, left to right: MSU IPM Resources; Mike Reding & Betsy Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service,; David Shetlar, Ohio State University; David Shetlar, Ohio State University]