Bug of the Month July 2010: Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles
June 24, 2010
Hi Daniel, You asked for images of Japanese Beetles. I had a few but none were very good, so I took some more today. Not really pleased with these either, don’t know why but my camera doesn’t seem to focus on them very well. Perhaps they are clear enough for an ID. I never cropped one very close to show the “lace leaf” you were talking about, this is a grape leaf. I hope you are able to use these. Thank you and have a great day.
North Middle Tennessee

Japanese Beetles eating and mating

Hi again Richard,
With all due respect, if you were our photography student, we would tell you that you are nuts.  This photo has everything.  We especially love that it shows the leaf damage caused by the beetle, which our mom in Ohio compares to lace doilies.  The two pairs of beetles on the right appear to be mating.  While the focus on the right of the image is not critically sharp, it is more than acceptable especially considering the detail in the Japanese Beetle in the upper left.  We also appreciate that you managed to send us photos of all the insects we saw in Ohio earlier in the week that we lamented not having had a camera so we could take our own:  The Question Mark, Great Spangled Fritillary, and Firefly as well as the Japanese Beetles.  We are upgrading the status of this posting to the Bug of the Month for July.

Japanese Beetle

We need to look for some good information on the control of Japanese Beetles for the gardening constituency of our readership.

6 thoughts on “Bug of the Month July 2010: Japanese Beetles”

  1. We have what looks the same, eats and acts the same but not so brightly coloured. Red legs, brown to light yellow body. Would they be the Japanese beetle also?

  2. If you would like any more photos of the Japanese Beetle, I have some great ones of a few mating pairs I took a few years ago at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York. Let me know!

    • Thank you but we are not in need of any photos of Japanese Beetles at this time. We didn’t get (m)any reports of them this year.


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