Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Beetle crossing

A bronze and green metallic Japanese Beetle ponders its next move as it crosses a stand of Black-eyed Susans. the beetle is an invasive pest, causing quite a bit of destruction on the east and west coasts of the U.S. The beetle feeds on a number of ornamental shrubs and flowers as well as crop plants. The adults feed on foliage and fruit while the larvae goes for roots - mainly turf grass. A large number of larvae can turn large parts of a lawn brown.

UPDATE: A progress report on how I'm doing in the battle of the bugs is posted here.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Wanda said...

Put a gold band around that beetle, and he looks like a fancy dinner ring...! His shell looks like a gem stone.
Like the little flower bud trying to open!!

JAM said...

We have them regularly in our yard here in Florida. It's a constant battle against the larvae killing the grass.

Really nice shot though, I love the tight DOF.