Insects and Spiders - native

Paracotalpa granicollis on Apr 29, 2021

Submitter does not have a specimen
EDRR Status: No Response/Action Required

Description of specimen

Large beetles which are weak fliers that bumped into us as we passed by. Metallic two tone; blue/green head and red/brown wing covers with white fringe around the abdomen.

Commentary

Dear Jolette,
Thankyou for your submission. Thankfully that is not a Japanese beetle. It is a common spring emerging scarab in the genus Paracotalpa. It is sometimes called by it’s common name "the little bear" because of its overly hairy condition. Larvae are in the soil and are not usually seen. It is a native insect and not considered a pest.
Best regards, Helmuth Rogg

Helmuth Rogg
April 30, 2021, 7:26 a.m.