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A large flying beetle, the adult and larva of which can be very destructive to foliage and plant roots respectively.
- ‘The grubs that you see in the lawn are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles, and chafers.’
- ‘The pollinators of Asclepias woodii and Sisyranthus trichostomus were chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniini) belonging to two species, Atrichelaphinis tigrina and Cyrtothyrea marginalis.’
- ‘Aphids, chafer beetles and boring insects find roses to their liking.’
- ‘Masked chafers or annual white grubs (1-year life cycle) have pearly white eggs laid by the tan beetle female in July.’
- ‘Adult chafers begin emerging in late May and early June at the time of grape bloom.’
Old English ceafor, cefer, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kever.
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