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Rose Chafers are Here

Cindy Schmid

Photo 1: Rose chafers on peony flowers.

Rose chafers are out in full force right now. If you live in an area with sandy soil, you are much more likely to see them in your garden. These scarab beetles feed on a variety of plants but are particularly interested in the flowers of roses and peonies. They can also feed on the leaves of a variety of plants. Rose chafers feed for about three to four weeks; we can expect to see them into early July. There are several options for dealing with this beetle including handpicking and the judicious use of insecticides. For more information, see Rose Chafers.

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