Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

The Japanese Beetle is a beautiful creature … for a bug.  The hard shield on its back and the “helmet” on his head shimmers with different colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, turquoise, and others.  And the apron of silver triangles hanging down from the shield add a little class too.  Can’t say much for the legs though, they’re about as ugly as any other bug’s legs.

So much for the compliments.  This little devil is about as destructive as any garden pest I have ever seen.  Right now, he is hosting a party for a million of his closest friends at the top of my twenty year old Linden tree.  They feast on the soft juicy part of the leaf and completely ignore the stem and veins, leaving doily-like skeletons that completely blanket the lawn below.  They start at the top and methodically work their way down the tree.

Traps designed specifically for the Japanese Beetle seem to be working.  I just hope the traps work faster than the little buggers can eat.

Thought for the Day:  The American Indian found out what happens when you don’t control immigration.

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