Oriental Beetle - Exomala orientalis
These beetles love my LED light and they also love copulating. Everywhere I look at night, I see these beetles mating, sometimes with 2, 3, or even 4 males piled up on a single female. It's a complete beetle orgy.
Beetle with mottled, brown and black elytra.
Adults can cause minor damage to flowering plants. The larvae actively feed on organic matter in the soil and on plant roots, which can cause serious damage to turfgrass and ornamental plants.
Habitat: Attracted to a 395 nm LED light in a semi-rural area
The Oriental beetle is a beetle about 0.7 - 1.1 cm long, with mottled, metallic brown- and black-colored elytra and a similarly-colored thorax and head during the adult stage. During the larval stage the oriental beetle can be identified by the parallel line raster pattern. It is native to Asia and was introduced to North America and has since spread to and become a pest in several mid-Atlantic states. Its invasive range extends from Maine to South Carolina and Wisconsin. In its larval stage, the.. more