July 31, 2009

At the Eat-a-Flower Café...

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... come on! It's delicious! And after the flower is gone....

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.... let's dance the beetle dance!

42 comments:

Original Mike said...

Oh, yes. Let's celebrate the plague known as the Japanese beetle.

garage mahal said...

My nemesis. They have a taste for my basil. Bastards!

NKVD said...

Milky spore got rid of the ones eating my dawn redwoods. I highly recommend it.

garage mahal said...

Don't the neighbor's beetles just hatch in their lawn and fly over to your yard though?

Synova said...

They *are* sort of pretty.

Bissage said...

Well, I guess it’s a good thing they get to work off those extra calories after a heavy meal.

And their genitals must smell pretty nice, too, so there’s that.

Original Mike said...

Don't the neighbor's beetles just hatch in their lawn and fly over to your yard though?

Presumably. However, I had really bad infestations the last two years. This spring I treated my lawn, which is where they lay their eggs and grow up as grubs. (I treated the lawn to save the lawn, not to erradiacte the neighborhood population of beetles) and I haven't seen a single beetle yet this year. Coincidence? Probably.

Chip Ahoy said...

Cheers for your photographic entomology.

Big Mike said...

@Chip Ahoy, I know what you're thinking of doing, dude, but please don't!

Big Mike said...

@Original, with luck you can convince your neighbor into hanging up a beetle trap. The scent lure will coax his beetles -- and yours! -- over to the trap.

$9,000,000,000 Write Off said...

I'm disappointed. I expected interpretation of the beer summit photographs.

The WSJ front page features a picture of Gates talking to Crowley, who is looking at him and drinking a beer. The LAT has a picture of Crowley talking to Gates, who is simply looking at Crowley.

Given their political leanings, I assume that listening is considered more worthy than talking.

garage mahal said...

I think those traps are just an open invite for an orgy party to any beetle within 5 blocks of your yard.

Methadras said...

Chip. I already know what you are thinking and I'm anticipating your next installment. Go forth and multiply.

Cedarford said...

Shame Japanese beetles, like Arabs, boll weevils - were not rarer. Then everyone could say they were one of the most beautiful lifeforms in the world - tourists would flock to photograph them, marvel as they picked a few up under strict supervision of Japanese park rangers, and let them crawl in your hand.

Texan to tourist, engaged in photographing a cute, irresistable armadillo...

"Reckon you don't live around here, Ma'am."

Freeman Hunt said...

Doesn't anyone use Sevin anymore?

When my Dad owned a pizzeria, he had some kind of bug spray that you could spray on a flying bug, and the bug would instantly drop to the floor dead. Was fun.

Jeremy said...

Glad to see that left and right coming together in agreement, mutual respect and totally justified righteous hatred toward beetle infestations. Now anyone can give me tips on stopping the neighborhood cats from making my backyard their personal toilet (getting a dog isn't an option), I'd be very appreciative.

-The Other Jeremy

Jeremy said...

me talk pretty one day

-The Other Jeremy

Freeman Hunt said...

We have the same cat problem, but the trade off is that they kill all the moles.

knox said...

Yes, I use Sevin when I've had ant problems and it totally works. ... take it from my cold dead hands and all that.


My nemesis. They have a taste for my basil. Bastards!

garage do you ever make homemade pesto? I had it last night on some pasta and it was divine. I used Ina Garten's recipe.

rhhardin said...

The color and debris are Everlasing Pea but the leaves are wrong.

garage mahal said...

Knox
Yea I make a lot of pesto. I only have 2 sweet basil plants, and a thai basil and I can hardly keep up. Basil, olive oil, Parmesan (brick), and garlic is all I ever use to make it. After everything is put into I usually just wolf it down on baguettes or baste it on chicken on the grill.

LarsPorsena said...

The spiders in my yard won't even touch these SOB's.

bearbee said...

Burp!

Synova said...

"The color and debris are Everlasing Pea but the leaves are wrong."

I'm guessing rosa rugosa hybrid.

Original Mike said...

@Big - My neighbor has traps and I almost told her that they were attracting the beetles to her yard, but I caught myself before spilling the beans.

lewsar said...

i don't know how to do the beetle dance. can anyone show me how?

Ralph L said...

lewsar, ask your mother.

Althouse blog: Banned in Montana for beetle porn.

Big Mike said...

@Original - sometimes one can be too helpful. Good thing you caught yourself.

@Other Jeremy - I had good luck with a product that claims to be crystallized coyote urine. But there were only a couple ways animals could get into the yard, so I didn't have to buy tons of it but only enough to block their routes in.

Didn't work for squirrels, though. They used the trees as a highway to my bird feeders.

MadisonMan said...

Our neighbor's chickens gorge on those beetles.

kalmia said...

Um, I don't think they're dancing.

Meade said...

Synova called it. 'Roseraie de l'Hay'

rhhardin said...

"I met my love on a pile of debris."

Tim Wright said...

I have the same problem with j. beetles on my rugosas. And you're right: eating is one of the two things they're doing.

So I don't know what that makes me for killing them by knocking them into a can with an inch of kerosene in the bottom.

Tim

kalmia said...

Oh, I just got it. (blush)

Dudley Do-right said...

Saw one of those sitting on a concrete block today. I had a hammer in my hand. Splat.

A colorful splat. Could've been the subject of an Althouse photo essay.

Largo said...

Someone must be itching to write a "tweedle beetle dance" poem!

Fred4Pres said...

They are facinating in their destructiveness, although I have not seen any for a long time. They are an enemy that I know exists, but live over the horizon.

I must remain alert.

Issob Morocco said...

Not that it does much help, but I have notched 110 kills in the last month of the bastard beetles.

Bissage said...

Mrs. Bissage cherishes her roses and uses her hand pruners to cut Japanese beetles in half.

One time I said to her “Don’t you think that’s a bit . . . ah . . . inefficient?

She said, “I enjoy it.”

Meade said...

Bissage my friend, from one (almost) married man to another... with all due respect,

Get out of that house... NOW!

Bissage said...

Meade, my friend, it is truly said that nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

Mrs. Bissage, for all her rampant dangerousness, has certain traits to recommend her.

One example from many?

Mrs. Bissage Keeps a Clean House.

Heh.

Skippy said...

I don't have these beetles, but we have green fruit beetles that dive head-first into soft, ripe fruit and, if you don't pick the fruit early enough, the trees will rain fruit juice as the beetles dig in. Quite a sight. People set up traps with fruit juice in the bottom of a milk jug. They fly in, but are too big and ill-coordinated to fly out.