Bug on Michigan watermelon
Location: Mid Michigan
July 7, 2011 12:30 pm
Found this beautiful creature eating my watermelon plants.
Would like to identify, so I might find a way to ask it to leave.
Also, Bug pics are very hard to take! Links to Insect pic taking advice also solicited.
The invasive exotic Japanese Beetle was introduced to North America in the early 20th Century and it is well established in Eastern States where it appears in droves each year. It is doubtful it will ever be eradicated. Japanese Beetles feed on a multitude of cultivated plants and they are probably one of the most despised insects among home gardeners since they feed so indiscriminately. This is the first image we have posted of a Japanese Beetle this year.
Thank you sir.
Currently researching options. Have you recommendations?
Normally, we do not give extermination advice, but in the case of the invasive Japanese Beetle, we will make an exception. You can try hand picking them (careful, they drop to the ground when disturbed) and dropping them into a jar of soapy water. Adding a touch of oil or kerosene will also help. They quickly drown.