This is an addition to my post of this morning (despite the time Blogger says) in response to Cheryl, a good UK friend who asked about Japanese beetles. I went out to try to get rid of some this afternoon and took a few pictures to show her the destruction these creatures cause. There are different suggestions for getting rid of Japanese beetles, but none of them work very well and some are harmful to other insects. The best method is to simply shake them off the leaves into a can of soapy water or other liquid. They can fly, so you have to be quick!
I simply couldn't get a good picture of the rose leaves--my hands must have been shaking in fury--but you can see that they turn the leaves into confetti and destroy the budding roses. There were dozens on this one plant alone.
And for Joyce, who lives just a few miles away, I have to make a big retraction! She was complaining that the beetles attack her hollyhocks, and I smugly replied they didn't bother mine. Wrong!!
When I went to check the hollyhocks, there they were. I don't even want to think about what they were doing here.
You can also see the disgusting trail they leave behind, in addition to destroying the plant. By the way, Joyce, if you are still hanging out clothes on the line, be careful--they like to land on clothes and leave little mementos that are next to impossible to get out!
I also saw some beetles on a poison ivy plant I've been trying to get rid of. For obvious reasons, I didn't want to touch the plant, so I left them alone. Who knows--either they'll get rid of the poison ivy for me, or they'll die from the Round-up residue I sprayed on the plant.
Cheryl, and all my UK friends, be thankful you don't have these awful imports!