Every year, insects arrive in our gardens and landscapes to devour everything in sight. Usually, the Japanese beetle makes its presence known earlier in the spring, but the extension office received a lot of calls about them last week.
The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, is a widespread and destructive pest of turf, landscape and ornamental plants. It is a pest of several fruit, garden, and field crops, and feeds on more than 300 plant species. Adult Japanese beetles feed on foliage, flowers, and fruits.