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    Beetle???

    What kind of beetle is this?

    It appears to be eating the bloom of a Lantana. There were two. They are about 5/8 to 3/4" in length. They fly high and fast.
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    It may be a Japanese beetle. I found a beetle like that in one of my daylilies last year. It was eating the flower at the base where the seed pod would start. I killed it and the others like it I found.
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    Dawn,

    That was my first thought, so I came inside to grab my camera.

    Somehow, I expected Japanese beetles to be smaller. These critters seemed huge, about as big as the tip of my forefinger between the first knuckle and the tip.

    If it is, this is the first I have heard of them being this far south in my state.

    I didn't realize they had made it to Florida. YIKES!!!!
    Ann B.
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    Ann, If it is that big it is too big for a Japanese Beetle. Looks like what we call June Bugs. They are much larger.
    tennessee sue

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    The beetles I killed covered that length of the finger also but I looked it up and it could be a extremely well fed beetle to be that large.
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