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The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about long and wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head. It is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural predators, but in America it is a serious pest of about 200 species of plants, including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, crape myrtles, and others.
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1. small metallic green and brown beetle native to eastern Asia; serious plant pest in North America
(synonym) Japanese beetle
(hypernym) scarabaeid beetle, scarabaeid, scarabaean
(member-holonym) Popillia, genus Popillia
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