Subject: Beetle eating my grape leaves
Geographic location of the bug: SC Kentucky
Time: 05:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: These beetles showed up almost over night and are eating all the leaves of what I think are grapes.
How you want your letter signed: Brad Beach
Because they will eat the blossoms and leaves of so many prized garden plants including roses, blackberries and peaches as well as your grape vines, Japanese Beetles are among the most reviled, introduced species that affect home gardeners. According to Featured Creatures: “More than 300 species of plants are known to be host to Japanese beetle.” Your array of images makes for a perfect Japanese Beetle posting, including the image of the mating pair and the documentation of the damage to leaves, which Pearl calls “lace doilies.”