Sunday, June 27, 2010

An Unwelcomed Guest

Earlier today I came across a most unwanted insect in the front garden. While standing on the porch talking with Jean and her mum, I noticed a shiny, metallic looking object in our Mongolian Peashrub. It was a Japanese Beetle!

One of the CFIA's most wanted. It was not alone.

I found two more on the shrub. The three invasive pests were quickly collected and disposed of as they have no natural enemies in North America. While the Japanese Beetle is an attractive insect it would do great damage to the plants in our garden and in the neighbourhood. Though I have observed them in the wild before, this was the first time I have seen them in our garden. Let's hope we found them all and if you find any in your garden, get rid of them.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear of your invaders. We battle them here in the southern tier of NY every summer, and we just saw our first-of-the-year this weekend. The pheromone traps are now up -- which I hate doing as I bet they attract every JB in the neighborhood - and I started my regular walks around the yard with a container to collect them (six so far!). They are awful little buggers, I hope they don't become regular in your yard!