The European chafer beetle (Amphimallon majale – previously Rhizotrogus majalis) is light tan-brown in color while their C-shaped larvae, are large, whitish with a light brown colored head and six jointed legs. The C-shaped larvae of the beetles are called grubs and are the main culprit of lawn damage.
The European Chafer grub feed on roots and rhizomes of most cool-season grasses, causing die-back and brown patches. The large grubs are appetizing to birds, skinks, racoons and other predators, which cause additional damage to lawns while foraging for them.
There are specific natural enemies for different species of beetles.
For more information contact your local BioBee field agent.