What Do Grubs Look Like?

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Grubs are basically beetle larvae, and some of the most common ones are white grubs that are C-shaped and about the size of an index finger. Discover where to find grubs and their dark head capsules with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an entomologist for twenty years, and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, talking about what do grubs look like. Grubs are basically beetle larvae, and some of the most common ones are what they call white grubs, and they're C-shaped, and about the size of my index finger, and they typically find them in our lawns and they feed on grass roots, or they can be in compost piles helping to break down compost, or they can be in dead logs and so they generally form a beneficial function, but sometimes they feed on our, the roots of our lawns and they can become a bit of a pest in that situation. But basically a small, white, C-shaped grubs. They'll have a dark head capsule with their jaws on the end, and then three legs and then the abdomen that curls back around, and that's what a grub looks like.

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