Saturday, July 12, 2008

Japanese Beetle in Michigan

I suppose if we had to fight the Japanese Beetle in Oregon, I would not admire its beauty like I do when I see it here in Michigan. Anyway, it's another one of the colorful flying creatures I've encountered during my few days here. Wikipedia says it's native to Japan, where its numbers are apparently controlled in natural ways, but since it first showed up here in the U.S. in about 1912 it has been multiplying rapidly and feasting every summer on leafy plants in many parts of the eastern U.S. We might say it's one of the Starlings of the insect world.


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