Japanese Beetles

For some reason it seems like this has been a bad year for the Japanese beetles.

They loved my knockout roses one year. I had to wage a hard war with them so when I started to see a few of them around the yard I thought the war was about to begin again.  I even hunted out my beetle traps. 

One day after my Mom came back from her morning walk she said "you should see all the bugs on that sassafras tree down the lane"  I said "what do they look like" and she said "they are small and gold colored".

I didn't think to much else about it till one evening I decided to go for a short walk and took my camera along to see what I could find.

Well this is what I found. 

 munching away

 leaves mutilated

 Japanese beetles

 Eeeeeekkk, making babies

A dead sassafras tree, at least it looks dead.

The leaves were rather pretty and lacy looking with the sun backlighting them. They look gold plated don't they?


I felt sorry for the sassafras tree but happy that it lured the beetles away from my flowers. I didn't even have to use my beetle trap either. 

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Comments

Janet Shaw said…
You have some good shots of the beetles.

Great stories!
TexWisGirl said…
i had just googled these last week as i wasn't familiar with them. don't think (hope not, anyway) we have them here.
orchid Miyako said…
Your title caught my eyes in the dashboard, p;) Oh, the bad beetle look colorful and I must feel sorry for the sassafras tree. Yes, with your wonderful picture, the leaves are pretty and lacy looks gold plated. I really love the picture♡♡♡

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*
Rambling Woods said…
I just read that being non-native the beetles have about 300 host plants and few predators. The traps may lure in more beetles than you have already.... I feel badly for the tree.... Michelle
Tammie Lee said…
such interesting looking bugs.
not fun to see the foliage of a tree be eaten. Still I agree, the results are quite pretty, like paper cutting art.
Linda W. said…
Yes, the beetles are destructive, but they sure create lovely patterns in the leaves. Love your last photo of the backlit leaf!
Mascha said…
The poor treee! It's unthinkable what can cause little "monsters"...
But you pictures ara amazing, most I like the golden-filigrane leaf.
Amy said…
naughty beetles, glad we don't have them here but we have aphids which are just as bad.
they're handsome beetles but so destructive!
Breathtaking said…
Oh My! What distruction these beetles cause, but your photos are brilliant in more ways than one. The leaves look like Portuguese filigree.
eileeninmd said…
So far I have not seen them here. I now they can do a lot of damage. The leaves do look pretty, great photos. Have a happy day!
Rhonda Albom said…
They may be a huge pests, but the look great in photos, as do their destroyed leaves. Be glad you are a photographer. :)
Stewart M said…
They do seem to be rather good at wrecking the leaves! Hungry little things!

Do you think that the tern hat could catch on in smart society?

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
HOOTIN ANNI said…
...that damage from the beetle would make me so angry...especially if they devour rose bushes.

Yes, it does look like it's gold plated.
Carole M. said…
wonderful colours! Interesting the skeletonized leaf as a result of the insects. Carole, at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com
Debby Ray said…
Really great shots of those nasty little buggars and all of the damage they have done. I never knew they existed until I moved to KY and then of course we have them here in NC...never saw them growing up in OH...never.
Tom said…
Felecia keep them down here, I haven't seen them around here yet. Tom The Backroads Traveller
Ileana said…
I haven't seen them here! Poor tree!But your photos are excellent!
Have a nice day!
HansHB said…
Great close-up photos!
Grandma C said…
Even though they destroy our plants, I have to admit they are very beautiful beetles. I have fun memories of helping my mom pick them off her roses when they invaded her garden.
Sheila said…
They sure do some horrible damage but must admit the heavily eaten leaf looked a bit like lace.....
A Quiet Corner said…
Felicia, you seem to have them worse than us....I hate them...and I hate digging in the ground and finding those darn grubs...YUCK...I always squish them...:)JP
Helma said…
think that leaves very nice to see. Okm It's just gold that glitters lol ... I can imagine that you do not want. In your plants I had to laugh at your remark EEEEKKKK, there are babies made ​​hahahaha ...
Very well done:-)
Gail Dixon said…
I was thinking those leaves looked gold-plated. Guess the beetles need to eat, but I'm also glad that they've found another area to munch on. Pretty pics!
Carver said…
Great shots. They are voracious.
Carola Bartz said…
Oh my, that is some severe damage!! How awful. I haven't seen any Japanese beetles in my garden (touch wood), and I certainly hope I never will!
Rose said…
Oh, my, I hope they don't come here again! We have not had Japanese beetles hardly at all the past two or three years.

And yes, that leave does sort of look like gold lacework.
marshaleith said…
Too bad that such a beautiful beetle is so destructive! You got great photos of it though!! Love the skeletonized leaves too.
How can something so beautiful be so destructive?! Hope they stay away from your roses Felicia.