can you tell me what kind of bug this is?

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Date Photo Taken: 20 Feb. 2011
Location: Thomaston, Upson Co. Georgia
Posted By: Lee Dager


I was turning over dirt in my garden plot and found several of these little buggers in the dirt. Are they good or not so good? (for the garden….not to eat) Thanks, Lee


  1. Lyle Unregistered says:

    This appears to be a Japanese Beetle larvae. Although you only found one, there are probably a lot more in your soil. As larvae, the eat roots, and therefore can damage plants that are in the area. But as mature Japanese Beetles, they will do some serious damage to many plants. Japanese Beetles can devour the leaves of many plants at a very rapid pace.

    Here is some info from UGA

    February 25th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
  2. Nadyne Neff Registered says:

    What you have is a June bug or June bettle larvae. In large numbers in the larval stage they can damage your lawn and other plants.

    February 26th, 2011 at 10:28 am
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Generically speaking these little buggers are known as grub worms. Walter comments on them here
    Even though it is not technically spring, they didn’t check the calendar, it is not unusual to find them moving higher in the soil profile during periods of mild late winter weather.
    Now if you really want to identify the bugger look at his little backside. Is butt permissible here? Anyway, this link might help

    February 27th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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