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Re: June vs. Japanese Beetle

yep, no entomologist here either.  I think common names for ANYTHING are 
probably regional and thus misleading.  I had a dickens of a time trying to learn 
botanicals at first and now remembering them......so I'm definitely staying 
away from latin names of bugs, birds, etc.  LOL  Pictures speak volumes though.
Your Jap. beetle sounds beautiful, too bad it is so destructive.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 7/19/2003 11:02:54 AM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

> Noreen,
> You're right.  Again, this could be a regionalism or, more likely, "June
> Bug" is a blanket name for the whole genus, Phyllophaga, or perhaps several
> genera in its family, Scarabaeidae.  I really don't know from bugs.  Or
> maybe the pic I found was mislabeled.  Your Junebugs (June Beetles) do look
> much like Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, in shape.  But they're
> obviously different in coloring .   Japs have a copper shell, tinged
> green/gold - actually quite pretty.  Thanks for sending the link.  Pictures
> make things so much clearer.
> Kitty

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