Beetle ID

Asked June 19, 2020, 12:17 PM EDT

We have these beetles all over our brand new trees, can you tell me the best way to get rid of them? Thank you!

Grand Traverse County Michigan

2 Responses

Those are Rose Chafer beetles (Macrodactylus subspinosus). They are very common in our area and are having a really good year this year. Most healthy trees can tolerate the damage from Rose Chafers. If the trees are newly planted, then it would be good to pick as many of the beetles off as you can. You can put them in a bucket of soapy water to kill them. Providing extra support in the form of irrigation during drought periods will also help the trees recover from the chafer damage.

Thank you, yes they were just planted about two weeks ago. Really appreciate your help!