Texans report large numbers of beetles this year
You don't have to look long or hard to see reports on social media about masses of flying green beetles in their yards right now. No need to worry — they're harmless. The Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) is one of three Texas species. (C. texana Casey is a similar species that is also recorded from Texas.) They are at the peak of their late summer/fall emergence right now. They feed primarily on nectar, fruit and flowing sap and can sometimes be found in large numbers, as has happened this year. Larvae are infrequent pests in lawns and feed on roots of other plants. Luckily, there’s only one generation of Green June Beetles per year, so there won’t be a reoccurrence anytime soon for those who are a bit overwhelmed by their abundance this season.