Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Japanese Beetle

There were not only butterflies on the milkweed plants, but also the infamous Japanese beetle.

A serious pest in the eastern United States, it destroys the host plant by skeletonizing the leaves. I didn't see any damage to the field that I was shooting snapshots in, but I'm sure by the end of the summer considerable damage will have been done.

But the iridescence of his exoskeleton creates an interesting juxtaposition to the green of the milkweed.


Anyes said...

Quite an interesting world you are let us see through your camera lens, Karen :-)

frayedattheedge said...

Is the beetle an alien species that has been introduced? It may be a pest, but it is beautiful!!

Karen said...

Anyes: Sort of like a microscope. Using the macro brings these tiny little things into sharp focus.

Anne: Unfortunately the Japanese beetle is a huge pest. It will strip a rose garden bare. It was accidently introduced in 1916 and has totally infested the US all the way to the Mississippi. The western part is still beetle-free.