WHITE GRUBS, Pyllophaga spp.
Description Picture Damage
  • adults are May or June beetles
  • robust
  • range in size from 1/2 to 1 inch in length
  • vary from light brown to almost black
  • larvae are white with brown heads
  • C-shaped with three pair of legs
  • hind part of body appears dark because soil shows through the body
  • nearly 100 species may damage vegetables
  • Photo credit: Extension Entomology, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University

  • grubs feed on roots and other underground plant parts
  • many vegetables may be attacked
  • most severe infestations occur on crops following grass