These green insects enjoy going out during the day and don’t tend to swarm in large numbers.

If you notice signs your garden is taking a hit from June bug grubs, removing any damaged organic matter that’s lying around. Their larvae are good for killing certain plants in your lawn and garden by eating the roots. Grubs enjoy feasting on the roots of grass, vegetables, shrubs, trees, and flowers. Finally, the term June bug may refer to the European chafer, or Rhizotrogus majalis/Amphimallon majalis, native to Europe, but now also present in North America.

Both of these types walk and fly quite clumsily.

This is because the larvae tunnel in their search for more food.

Want to know more? “I have my own views about Nature’s methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his.” — Arthur Conan Doyle. As a result, these high grub numbers can cause damage if they don’t leave your yard, or act as a food source for other beneficial animals. She is also a book nerd and freelance writer who enjoys nature adventure. Just remember that they aren’t harmful: just clumsy. If you are 13 years old when were you born? Science Trends is a popular source of science news and education around the world. This in turn can lead predators like moles tunnelling after those tasty grubs, which can wreak havoc on your garden. There are two main species of these beetles that you’re likely to see: either brown, or green. They might also devour vegetable seedlings you plant in early spring.

Most gardeners easily combat this issue by rotating their crops and plowing early in the spring. The heavy-bodied June beetles vary from 12 to 25 mm (0.5 to 1 inch) and have shiny wing covers (elytra).

We love feedback :-) and want your input on how to make Science Trends even better. They’ll live underground for one more year until the next spring season. Even though that is bad news for June bugs, it is good news for the other animals, birds and mammals alike, who then eat them.

It is hard to generalize about June bugs because, as we saw, there are many different species that are referred to by that name.

For example, the term may refer to a genus beetle scientifically known as phyllophaga. The brown variety tend to grow to around one inch in length.

You will just need a fly swatter or a similar instrument.

Spring and summer are when June bugs come out. Image source: Pixabay. Not only is that a lot longer than human beings, but June bugs had also been on Earth for many years before dinosaurs roamed the planet.

You can treat the grubs with a sprayer (there are different brands available). A typical female June bug will lay around 75 eggs each summer, so you can imagine how many can reach maturity and cause damage. What is a June bug? In contrast, the brown variety enjoys larger group numbers and are nocturnal. “It is better to be a young june-bug than an old bird of paradise.” — Mark Twain. All Rights Reserved. Have you ever found a June bug (also known as a June beetle) hanging around your vegetable garden? Larvae prefer to dine on decaying plant matter in the soil, but can also occasionally cause damage by eating plant roots. They are so bad at flying and become so frantic during their mating season that they often crash down to the ground or against window screens, which shortens their lifespans considerably. Then look for a natural predator you can introduce to your yard.