An attractive beetle with bronze wing shields and metallic green thorax. The abdomen appears black-and-white striped because of white tufts of hair on the abdominal segments.
Japanese beetles belong to a large family of beetles called scarabs. As with other scarabs, they are oval, stout, and have clubbed antennae with segments that can press tightly together or can be fanned open like a feather.
Like those of most scarab beetles, the larvae are whitish, C-shaped grubs that live underground. The heads are brownish, and they have three pairs of legs.