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06-27-2009, 09:17 AM
I'm in Central PA and have seen very few beetles or chafers this year. Whats

06-27-2009, 02:27 PM
I'm in Central PA and have seen very few beetles or chafers this year. Whats


Beetles alive and well here :)

Right on GGD time for the Japs.....1000+ GDD.


Perfect Image TLM
06-27-2009, 07:04 PM
They are running strong in my neck of the woods.

Heidi J.
06-28-2009, 11:08 AM
I'm in Central PA and have seen very few beetles or chafers this year. Whats

We haven't seen any either.. somethings up.. Perhaps the calm before the storm:confused:

06-28-2009, 03:25 PM
I'm surprised they are flying in Jersey already. I have to admit, I never looked into GDD for beetles, I just look for them. Haven't seen a single one of Japanese, chafer,
asian or Orientals yet. It's usually mid July here, as I recall.

06-28-2009, 08:18 PM
very few here too! last year was a very light year for them also.. maybe they drowned with all the rain? lol

06-28-2009, 08:33 PM
One thing that can suppress jap beetles is if the soil is dry & hard when they need to lay their eggs. So if there was drought last year at that time, less eggs survived.

06-28-2009, 09:54 PM
Our GDD's hit last week here for Japanese beetles, and exactly that same day they were pinging off the windshield! couldn't have planned it any better!

07-01-2009, 09:22 PM
Have not seen one yet. Last two years they were all over the place.

07-02-2009, 09:19 AM
None in Erie yet. We had a very snowy winter and a cold, dry spring. I'm sure they'll be here, just a little later this year.

Athletic field
07-02-2009, 09:23 AM
Saw one Jap beetle yesterday (7/1/09)

07-02-2009, 03:41 PM
I saw some today but still not many.

07-02-2009, 03:57 PM
Very few here in Central NY. Finally saw a dozen or so yesterday.

07-02-2009, 08:05 PM
Ringo and Paul still around, John is dead, so is George. thanks

07-04-2009, 02:11 PM
Saw a few for the first time today, oriental beetle variety. Clearly, they only emerged this morning here.

Time for some grub apps...

07-06-2009, 08:33 AM
Jap beetles made an appearance here on the 4th of July. Thats pretty much average for us, maybe just a little late.

07-06-2009, 09:21 AM
.. maybe they drowned with all the rain? lol
Actually your exactly right. Heavy rains last year and this year in many parts of the country have greatly reduced the population. The grubs drowned.

07-06-2009, 10:13 PM
Found an early Japanese beetle here in Grand Rapids--July 6, 2009.

07-06-2009, 10:32 PM
By now they are usually around. Ive seen a few here and there, but no where near the levels of past years. Considering we've had 5 days of no rain in 5 weeks there isnt much of anything around except the skeeters.

07-06-2009, 10:33 PM
Saw 1st one last Friday. No plant damage yet. They're about one week late. Spring was a little cool. So delayed development is expected.

07-06-2009, 10:57 PM
Just b/c I'm ignorant of what everyone is talking about, why are these insects good and what are they exactly? A version of the ladybug? I saw on a tv show where a pro landscaper used ladybugs as a natural deterent to something but I don't recall what. BTW, we had a sh*t ton of ladybugs in my area last year.
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07-06-2009, 11:12 PM
Japanese beetles are very destructive landscape pests. The adult beetles feed on numerous ornamental plants as well as edible plants. The larvae, or grubs, can eliminate all of the turf roots in a short time if there are enough of them.

The lady beetles you are referring to might be the Multi Colored Asian Lady Beetle. They are not beneficial insects.

lawn king
07-07-2009, 07:09 AM
We usually start seeing them around july 4th. The last 2 years S E massachusetts has been very low on beetle activity, looks like that trend will continue again this season.