What is this beetle?

Asked May 8, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

I found these beetles in a new vegetable garden that had previously been a fescue field. They are in the soil and do not seem to like light. Are they good, bad, or neutral?

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1 Response

This beetle is a little hard to ID from the picture, but it looks a little like a Japanese beetle. We are a little bit early for that beetle but I think that is what it is. More information at: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=1165
http://extension.missouri.edu/dade/documents/Japanese%20Beetles%20Bringing%20Big%20Appetites%20for%20Plants%20to%20Southwest%20Missouri.pdf

Other remote possibilities are the May and green June beetles:
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/ipm1020-22
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/ipm1020-17