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Old 07-07-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Spotsylvania, Virginia
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I put a small above ground swimming pool out for the kids to swim in. Within a few hours of the water standing, my yard was swarming with the below. Any idea of what these are and how to make them go away? Hard to do yard work with these things swarming everywhere. I took the pool, put it in a black bag, and threw it away. Pictures don't do this bug justice. It is twice as big as it looks and the colors are wild gold and green depending on how you look at it. Looks like it might be a fig eater beetle from pics but I am not sure.

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Old 07-07-2017, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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Now the kids have no relief from the heat in their super-fun above ground pool because of your paranoia about harmless beetles. Completely harmless and quite beautiful.
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Old 07-07-2017, 01:25 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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Japanese Beetle...very destructive, you'll be doing you neighborhood a favor if you squash every last one of them


Japanese Beetle Habitat & Facts | How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles | Safer® Brand
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:34 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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Why did you throw the pool away? The beetles came FOR the water after you filled the pool, they didn't come from the water or from the pool.


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Old 07-07-2017, 05:47 PM
 
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Aww...a 'June Bug'. That's what we used to call them. We would catch them and play with them. Hate to admit this, but my little brother used to tie a string to them and fly them like a kite... Yikes! He did release them, though. Kids can be cruel.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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That's not a harmless June bug but a destructive Japanese beetle.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:29 AM
 
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It looks like a June Bug to me.

https://homesteadgardens.com/blog/ja...reen-june-bug/
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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That's not a harmless June bug but a destructive Japanese beetle.
June bugs are not harmless. Have you ever driven a motorcycle at 65 mph and caught one of them between your eyes! They can really leave a large welt! It's almost as bad as getting a hornet or wasp down the neck of your shirt!
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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It does look like a Japanese beetle.

"Today, the Japanese beetle is the most widespread turf-grass pest in the United States. Efforts to control the larval and adult stages are estimated to cost more than $460 million a year. Losses attributable to the larval stage alone have been estimated at $234 million per year—$78 million for control costs and an addition- al $156 million for replacement of damaged turf."

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publicati...e-handbook.pdf
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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My friend's mom is totally organic but kept a container of gasoline with her to dunk these monsters.
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