These nocturnal flying beetles love eating the flesh of the leaves of cherry and plum

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  1. Medic

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    While I was out walking last night, near QE park I came arose swarms of flying beetles that were feasting on the flesh of the leaves of both cherry and red plum trees over the span of several blocks... a Hort friend suggested they were June Beetles; rather vague descriptor, as it seems there is at least one June beetles per local region across the continent. Anyone care to be more specific?

    Also, I was singularly aware of the absence of any bats? Are there any recent studies tracking bat populations within the city?
     

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: These nocturnal flying beetles love eating the flesh of the leaves of cherry and

    I would think it is indeed something in Phyllophaga (literally, leaf-eater).

    BugGuide: Phyllophaga

    You might be able to extract the information you are looking for re: bats from this organization: South Coast Bat Action Team
     
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    Re: These nocturnal flying beetles love eating the flesh of the leaves of cherry and

    Quite likely Melolontha melolontha.
     

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