Japanese Beetle Porn

They are doing it right there in the middle of Wild Spice.  In broad daylight. And, you can tell they’ve been snacking between, um, sessions.    It’s too breezy to spray, and I haven’t noticed that spraying does much good.  And, spraying can kill bees.  I’ve tried picking these things off and stomping on them, but they take flight before I can commit beetle-cide.  Anybody have any suggestions on how to minimize Japanese Beetle visitations?  I’ve read that traps only seem to attract more beetles.

Moonflower (Datura) with Provence Lavender

The Moonflowers (Datura) are blooming every night now.  This one was completely open last night.  My niece and I craned our necks to get a glimpse of the city fireworks display, but the Moonflowers were really far more impressive.

Rose of Sharon

The old Rose of Sharon is starting to bloom.  Soon she will be full of pink blooms like this.  She’s pretty traditional, but really quite lovely just the same.  I know Japanese Beetles can feast on Rose of Sharon, too.  I’ve never seen them on this tree.  Too bad this robin doesn’t seem to find the beetles appetizing.  He (or she) loves bathing in the fountain which is a mere 12 inches or so from a Japanese Beetle buffet.

Robin at Fountain

Sorry about the blurriness.  I took the picture from the kitchen window and then cropped it.

I do love watching the birds come to the fountain, even when they are only common house sparrows.  The robins, though, love the fountain.  I’ve seen as many as four standing in the water, ducking under and ruffling their feathers.  It’s spa time for robins, perhaps.  Other birds politely sip.  Robins bathe.

4 thoughts on “Japanese Beetle Porn

  1. My strategy for dealing with beetles (Japanese and another variety I haven’t identified) is to drown them. There is a particular part of my garden that they prefer for their orgies. So, when they start to show up, I fill a quart-size plastic yogurt container with water and a drop of dish detergent and keep it tucked away in that part of the garden. When I find beetles doing their thing, I hold the open container under the leaf and shake, brush, or pick them off into the water. When the brew gets too ripe to be tolerated, I dump it out in the woods and start over with fresh water and detergent.

    On a more pleasant note, I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring your blog (along with two others) this month on my blog, Jean’s Garden. A post reviewing the blogs will appear today, and they will be highlighted on my sidebar all month.

  2. I love this! I have these awful creatures also and ‘ruin their mood’ every chance I get. Other than spraying, I don’t know how to get them to go away. I used to have Purple Satin Malva in my beds but these pests swarmed to these plants and turned them into skeletons. I tried the drowning thing, which works, but they gathered in such massive numbers that I couldn’t keep up. After two years I gave up and got rid of the Malva. It was easier than getting rid of the beetles. The Moonflower is beautiful – I have never seen one ‘live’.

    1. Well, I’m trying the drowning method right now. I have a “tea” of dead beetles brewing near the roses. It’s quite satisfying, I must say. But I’ve gone out four times today and probably have 100 beetles brewing. They live for about 18 days, so maybe in two weeks they will all be gone.

  3. I know the beetles are a pain — but your blog post’s title in response is hilarious. I choked on what I was drinking at the time when it popped up on my screen. 😉

    Got here via Jean’s garden, and I’ve enjoyed my look around. Moonflowers are so fabulous. You are right, they are even more spectacular to watch than fireworks. I like to witness them opening, so speedy, in the evening!

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