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Rose Chafer
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Rose Chafer

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Scarabaeidae

Pest Status: Rose chafers feed on and can damage roses.

Appearance: Rose chafers are small, slender beetles up to 1/2-inch long. Their bodies are pale green to tan in color with reddish-brown legs.

Life Cycle: Adult beetles emerge from the soil in late spring and live for about one month. Mating occurs soon after emergence, and the females lay their eggs in the soil in grassy, sandy areas. Upon hatching, the larvae burrow in the soil and feed on plant roots. They overwinter as larvae and continue development until pupation occurs in the spring.

Where to Collect: Rose chafers are most often found on plants near sandy soil.