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Masked Chafer Beetle

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Masked Chafer Beetle

Masked Chafer Beetle Masked chafer adults are golden brown beetles, 3/4 inch long with dark brown heads. The adult beetle is hairy on the underside of its thorax. Larvae are white, C-shaped grubs with dark stripes on their backs and brown head capsules and legs.

Masked Chafer Beetle

Masked Chafer Beetle

Life Cycle : Masked Chafer Beetle Adult beetles usually begin emergence in mid-June and are active into mid-July. Males come to the soil surface after dark before females emerge. The southern masked chafer is apparently active earlier in the evening as males begin to emerge just before sunset and skim the ground surface in search of unmated females.

Unmated females come to the soil surface, climb upon a grass blade and begin releasing a sex pheromone which attracts the males. Many males often cluster around calling females and the successful male clasps the female with his modified front legs during copulation. Mated females and males fly at night and are strongly attracted to lights. The pupa takes about 17 days to mature.

Damage : Masked Chafer Beetles can be a problem on turf. As the grub matures it does more and more damage. By late summer early fall damage becomes noticeable. The turf turns brown in irregular patches and comes up easily.

Symptoms of drought stress persist even after the turf has been watered. In areas with heavy infestations the turf may roll back like a rug, because the roots have been destroyed. Digging by vertebrate predators, such as crows, raccoons, skunks, and coyotes, is a common indication of high grub populations.

Masked Chafer Beetle

Masked Chafer Beetle

Management: Look for brown patches of turf that pull out of the ground, as the roots have been removed by grub feeding. Identify a grub problem by examining a square foot sample of lawn along the border where dead or damaged grass meets healthy grass. When grub densities are high, the blades pull away from the roots and the turf rolls back like a carpet. Skunks and moles are known to use grubs for food.

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