Japanese beetle – Popillia japonica (Newman)
A coordinated response to eradicate Japanese beetle in Vancouver
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, City of Vancouver, and other industry and non-governmental stakeholders are working together to respond to the detection of Japanese beetle in the False Creek area of Vancouver in 2017.
Japanese beetle is an invasive plant pest that was first introduced to eastern North America from Japan in 1916. This insect can significantly damage landscape plants, ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops. Japanese beetle larvae feed on the roots of turf grass and other plants. Adults are heavy feeders, attacking the flowers, foliage and fruit of more than 250 plant species, including roses, blueberries and grapevines.
What information is available?
- Pest Fact Sheet
- Questions and answers
- D-96-15: Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, in Canada and the United States
- Japanese Beetle Infested Place Order for the City of Vancouver
- 2018 British Columbia Japanese beetle survey report
Plant pest card: Japanese beetle
PDF (1,452 kb)
Adult: Oval outline from above, almost 10 mm long and 6 mm wide, abdomen, thorax and head metallic green with metallic copper-brown wing coverings and contrasting 12 white tufts of hair along the sides and rear of the abdomen.
Larva: a typical C-shaped creamy white grub with a yellowish-brown head (20 mm).
Signs of Japanese beetle include skeletonized foliage and dead grass caused by larval feeding.
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