Popillia japonicaFOUND by Mainer95
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I was on the phone while walking around our lawn. While I was casually looking at the plants by the bay, I spotted these pesky critters! Though they are one of my favorite invasives, their defoliating powers are quite amazing! I decided that I should document my siting of these species. (Vital Signs is always in my mind now.) :) It is hard for me not to want to document my siting of an invasive species on the VS website. I wanted to make sure to get at least one more observation up before my Envirothon trip! The beetles also reminded me of manyeyes' recent spotting of these beetles in her backyard. Thanks to the Vital Signs team for getting me hooked on this website (and thanks to the Wild Carrot for her species card that helped me build my evidence)! I am happy because I am using the Vital Signs website (and indirectly communicating with the VS team). Hi all! Truly, Kansas
The colors on the beetle were appropriate for Japanese beetles: the beautiful jade-colored thorax, the milk chocolate-colored wing case, and the coal black abdomen, perfectly speckled with cream white dots.
Though I did not get a picture of it, I did see some beetles mating, and these beetles do mate in July, so the timing is right! Though I did not measure the beetles, I would estimate that they were around a centimeter long (within an appropriate length for a Japanese beetle).
N 43.738608 °
W -70.197937 °
Mon, 2012-07-09 16:20
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