Insect and Bug ID forum: What's this eating my young citrus leaves

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j_sfca
Oct 1, 2017 12:16 PM CST
I just planted some citrus in my garden here in San Francisco a few months ago. They are not doing too well with a lot of the young leaves chewed around the edges. During the day I see no signs of any pest, other than perhaps tiny brown turds and smudges on the leaves. I thought maybe it was earwig but I set a trap for those and haven't caught any.

When I went out at night I found these small (1/2" long) beetles in every tree. Not many, just a couple in each tree. I didn't catch any in the act of chomping on the leaves.

So are these eating the leaves? What are they? And how do I get rid of them?

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Oct 12, 2017 9:56 AM CST
To me, it looks like a Fuller rose beetle. Check it out and see if that's your critter. Hand picking will work if the trees aren't too tall and it's a small invasion.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 12, 2017 1:07 PM CST
I think Zencat is correct.

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