Japanese beetle
noun Date: 1900 a small metallic green and brown scarab beetle (Popillia japonica) that has been introduced into eastern North America from Japan and as a grub feeds on the roots of grasses and decaying vegetation and as an adult eats foliage and fruits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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