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Help me identify this...

Over the past few weeks I've noticed a lot of brown/orange flying insects flying around the gutters of my house and above a weeping cherry tree in front of the house. There are probably at least one hundred of them. They buzz around and bump into the gutter and the house. They only seem to be there for a few hours around dusk. When the sun is out, they are no where to be found. When it becomes very dark, they are also gone.

Can anyone help me figure out what these are?

I live in the northern Ohio area.



European chafer.
They might be scarab beetles known as the European chafer, Rhizotrogus majalis. This is an invasive, non-native insect, and if that is what you have, your state department of agriculture should probably know about them. They tend to swarm around tall objects, so I am betting this is what you have. There are images and information at other websites. Simply "Google" "European chafer." You might also try getting images of your insects to post here, as we have a specialist on scarabs who could help even more.

Thanks. I think that's deifn
Thanks. I think that's deifnitely what they are. I was just outside watching for them and could see them coming up out of the grass and flying up to the top of the house.

Now the next the heck can I get rid of them???


They're attracted to light.
We have a problem with these where I live in Massachusetts. They only come around at dusk and seem to be attracted to light. They are very clumsy fliers and crash into walls or whatever and end up on their backs. I'm not quite sure if this site deals with getting rid of insects but since it is an invasive species, I would suggest setting up a light outside and when they crash into it, and fall to the ground, just pick them up and put them in a jar of kerosene or gasoline.

My dad used to to this with Japanese Beetles that invaded our rose garden.


if you don't feel like carrying around flammable vapors, try a bucket of soapy water.

I have told people in the past the best way to get rid of japanese beetles once they've emerged is to pay the neighborhood kids a penny/nickel per beetle in the bucket.

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