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Old Jul 6, 2004, 8:43 PM   #1
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Anyone else having fun fighting these guys? http://community.webshots.com/photo/...60302888kqkmrp
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 9:52 AM   #2
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That is crazy looking. That is a bunch of beetles.

I would like to see a closer look at them.

We have the same thing out here in Idaho with out Mormon crickets.

You can be walking across a hillside and come upon an infestation of them that will run for hundreds of yard and there are thousands and thousands of them.

They move ahead of you like a wave as you move along. They are almost 2" long so it is quite a sight.

Thanks for sharing your pic.
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 6:16 PM   #3
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mikesd, japanese beetles are common everywhere. they love grape vines as it appears that's what they're hanging on. use grubex or diazinon on your lawn in spring and late summer to kill the grubs that turn into these voracious beetles. but, if you want pictures like that, don kill the grubs.

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Old Jul 7, 2004, 7:08 PM   #4
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What a great photograph, I'd love to see this same impression about 7 hours later when the sun is helping rather than hindering the exposure. You did a very good job of challenging the sun to get a good photo!
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 10:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the photo, Mike. There was a small outbreak of the Japanese Beetle in the nearby town of Palisade last year, so the locals are engaged in an early eradication program involving monitoring, sprays, and reduced lawn watering. We are monitoring a pheromone trap for them here, but so far no catches of this pest which can affect our orchards.

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Old Jul 7, 2004, 11:26 PM   #6
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These Japanese Beetles remind me of the Tent Caterpillars I used to see onsmall trees when I used to live on the east coast. They seemed to be very destructive. I don't think the caterpillars occur in the west - at least I haven't seen any.

For comparison, here's what tent caterpillars look like:

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