[Market-farming] Re: June bugs

Marlin Burkholder glenecofarm at planetcomm.net
Fri Jul 16 13:20:24 EDT 2004


Kevin,

Thanks for your knowledgable information.  Two years ago we had a host of
June bugs and the larva really worked the compost/shavings into the ground
along my strawberry patch.  There were so many that it did hinder root
growth.  Normally, though, they are pests on our berries.for just a couple
weeks.

The June bug grubs are at least three times the size of the Japanese beetle
grubs, but look very similar.

Christine Burkholder
Glen Eco Farm

 "Mayapple Farm and Gardens" <mayapplefarm at yahoo.com>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 12:50 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Re: June bugs


> Chuck,
>
> What you are describing are typical of what are
> commonly called June bugs.  The are actually a type of
> scarab beetle, the family which includes dung beetles,
> rose chafers, Japanese beetles, and the gigantic
> Eastern Hercules Beetle.  June bug larvae are typical
> of scarab larvae, the white, C-shaped grub found
> eating roots of vegetation or found in rotting wood
> (and compost on occasion).  The larvae of June bugs
> are sod root feeders, I believe.
>
> Cutworms are not the larvae of beetles, but are larvae
> of certain moths.  They don't live in compost, but are
> typically pests of transplants in sod ground that was
> not turned in sufficient time.
>
> Around here June bugs are very minor pests if at all.
> I did run across quite a few feeding on the same wild
> blackberries I was picking this morning.  It seems
> they don't last very long, which is small comfort for
> you right now.  Are they actually eating the ear, or
> feeding on the silks?
>
> Kevin
>
>
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