Masked chafer adults are golden brown beetles, 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) long with dark brown heads. The adult beetle is hairy on the underside of its thorax. Masked chafer grubs feed on the roots of turfgrass. Damage appears in late summer or fall as irregular patches of brown, dying grass. The ground often feels spongy, and the lawn can be rolled up if heavily infested.


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