Popillia japonica Newman, 1841 (ITIS)
Japan (Potter and Held 2002)
First discovered in 1916, but was probably introduced around 1911 (Potter and Held 2002)
Possibly in the soil of imported ornamental plants (Potter and Held 2002)
Destructive pest of turf, landscape plants, and crops; adults feed on the foliage and fruits of several hundred species of trees, shrubs, vines, and crops, while larvae feed on the roots of grasses and other plants (APHIS 2015)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
APHIS. 2015. Managing the Japanese Beetle: A Homeowner’s Handbook [PDF, 1.24 MB]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Popillia japonica. [Accessed Jun 25, 2019].
Potter, D.A., and D.W. Held. 2002. Biology and management of the Japanese beetle. Annual Review of Entomology 47:175-205.