May beetles

(Phyllophaga spp.)

May beetle (Phyllophaga sp.)
Photo by Luciearl

Phyllophaga is a large genus of scarab beetles commonly known as May beetles or June bugs. There are about 840 Phyllophaga species worldwide, more than 400 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 20 species in Minnesota.





Adults are orangish-brown to dark brown. Most have little or no hair on the upper surface.


Distribution Map



24, 29, 30.



Coleoptera (beetles)  


Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, long-horned, leaf, and snout beetles)  




Scarabaeoidea (scarab, stag and bess beetles)  


Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles)  





Subordinate Taxa


brown scarab beetle (Phyllophaga lanceolata)

forest-ogre June beetle (Phyllophaga anxia)

lesser June beetle (Phyllophaga futilis)

May beetle (Phyllophaga balia)

May beetle (Phyllophaga congrua)

May beetle (Phyllophaga corrosa)

May beetle (Phyllophaga crenulata)

May beetle (Phyllophaga drakei)

May beetle (Phyllophaga fervida)

May beetle (Phyllophaga forsteri)

May beetle (Phyllophaga gracilis)

May beetle (Phyllophaga hirticula)

May beetle (Phyllophaga horni)

May beetle (Phyllophaga ilicis)

May beetle (Phyllophaga implicita)

May beetle (Phyllophaga inversa)

May beetle (Phyllophaga marginalis)

May beetle (Phyllophaga nitida)

May beetle (Phyllophaga prunina)

May beetle (Phyllophaga tristis)

May beetle (Phyllophaga vilifrons)

northern June beetle (Phyllophaga fusca)

rugose June beetle (Phyllophaga rugosa)






Common Names



June beetles

June bugs

May beetles














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June Bugs (Phyllophaga)
Andree Reno Sanborn
  June Bugs (Phyllophaga)  
May-June Beetles - Phyllophaga sp.
Joseph Berger
  May-June Beetles - Phyllophaga sp.  

Melolonthinae (May Beetles and Junebugs)




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  May Beetle (Scarabaeidae: Phyllophaga) Locomotion
Carl Barrentine

Published on Apr 25, 2010

This scarab beetle was photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (24 April 2010).

  How to identify a cockchafer May bug | Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

Published on May 22, 2012

It doesn't only fly in May and it isn't actually a bug, but the cockchafer can be seen at the moment and is pretty easy to spot, being the UK's largest chafer beetle.

When seen for the first time, an adult cockchafer can cause a bit of a stir and lots of people find them a little worrying, according to Stuart Hine of the Natural History Museum's Identification and Advisory Service (IAS).

If you spot anything unusual, get it identified by Museum experts and other enthusiasts on our Identification forums:

  June bug facts you might not know

Published on Aug 2, 2016

June bug facts you might not know

We have been having an unusually long and active June Bug season this summer and have been getting a lot of questions about them, so here are a few June Bug facts and information you might not know!

June Bug Facts

June Bugs get their name primarily because most often it is when their eggs start to hatch. It most often ranges from end of may to end of June/early July. June Bug’s larva can live from 2-4 years underground before becoming full grown adult beetles.

These bugs are frequently viewed as pests because they do damage both as larva and as adult beetles. There are several species of beetles that are considered “June Bugs” but the most common ones are the Japanese Beetle, Chafer Beetle, Green June Beetle, and Ten Line June beetle.

What June bugs eat

June bug larva tend to do damage to plant roots as well as grass. They like to eat roots in several plants, like trees, grass, and grains. The larva also really likes to eat plants you may have in your gardens like berries and potatoes, tomatoes, etc. You may have a larva problem if you are seeing several brown patches in your yard.

The grass will often peel off very easily without much effort if you have a significant issues with June bug larva. An interesting way to check if you may have an issue is you can flood the affected areas with water and then the larva tends to come up to the surface.

Adult June bugs eat the foliage on different plants and shrubs. They have been known to feed on well over 300 different species of plants. Many of these pests are very active at night and are attracted to lights. If you have yard lights June bugs are often found around them.

Common June Bug treatments

There are a couple options to get rid of June bugs, you can either make pest’s shelter less easy to live in or what they eat less desirable, the later is often the best solution. In other instances strategic pruning of the plant or surrounding plants may produce the desired result. Depending on how far along the season is, you may need to focus on the adult stage vs controlling the larval stage.

At certain times of the year, products that move through tree, shrub, and flower internal systems may be injected into the soil in dosages that will protect the plant from invading and attacking insects without threatening the health of the plant. Other times the treatment is more focused on the larva. We suggest reaching out to a pest control specialist to determine what the best route would be for your pest issues.

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  May Beetle
Shrikant Kelkar

Published on May 16, 2017

Shrikant Kelkar's video clip taken at Kalwa, Maharashtra, India in March 2017

Family : Scarabaeidae ; Subfamily : Melolonthinae ; Genus : Phyllophaga OR

Binomial Name : Leucopholis lepidophora ; Family : Melolonthidae




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  Nicola Prehn

Location: MN 56063


Location: Lake Shore, MN

May beetle (Phyllophaga sp.)  






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