and life cycle—Green fruit beetle
Green fruit beetle adults are large beetles, 1.25 inches long and 5/8 inch wide. They are strong fliers
and disperse far distances. They feed on fruits and vegetables, preferring those that are damaged or decayed.
Adults mate and lay oval, white eggs in the soil just beneath organic matter. Eggs are laid singly. Eggs
hatch 1 week later into a C-shaped grub. Grubs spend most of the year at varying depths in the soil. They
move near the surface on warm days and feeding takes place on decaying organic matter. They especially
favor manure and compost piles. As the soil warms in late May, grubs pupate in the soil. From July until
October, adults begin to emerge from the soil. There is one generation a year.
For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page. FOR ALL OTHER USES or more information, read Legal Notices. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual solutions to specific pest problems. See our Home page, or in the U.S., contact your local Cooperative Extension office for assistance.