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Beetles barnstorming the U.S.

Japanese_beetle_damage Hold onto your hollyhocks... and most of your other ornamental plants. Japanese Beetles are chomping their way westward. They're now showing up in South Dakota.

Most of the maps found on the web -- including this map, this map and even this 2005 map -- are pretty outdated, as they all show Japanese Beetles not getting much farther than Illinois. But the past few years, even the state of Utah has reported Japanese Beetle sightings (see previous BugBlog posts on Japanese Beetles).

It's getting so bad that the USDA has issued this "Wanted" poster:

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These hungry munchers are on the move -- it's about time to RESCUE your roses! Some of you can also catch Oriental Beetles while you're at it!

March 25, 2008 in Japanese Beetles | Permalink

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