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Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is a common site in Indiana. They feed on more than 250 species of trees, shrubs, crops and weeds. Year to year, their populations can swing from a minor nuisance to a major economic threat. Japanese beetle was first identified in the United States in New Jersey in 1919.

Regulations and movement

Movement of plant material from Indiana (Category 3) to Category 1 states (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, and WA) or Category 2 states (AL, AK, AR, CO, KS, MS, ND, OK, SD, and TX) is regulated by the National Plant Board’s Japanese Beetle Harmonization Plan. Regulated Articles under this rule include any plant material with growing media or any other material that can carry live Japanese Beetle.

In addition to the Harmonization Plan, some states have additional external quarantines for Japanese beetle. Please contact your local Nursery Inspector for assistance in complying with these rules when shipping plant material to states who regulate this pest.

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