[Market-farming] Re: June bugs
janetb at ncat.org
Mon Jul 19 13:25:20 EDT 2004
Yes, thanks, Kevin, for the accurate information about green June
beetles. Since they are attracted to very ripe fruit, such as those
juicey blackberries, I think some people have made traps using mashed
berries and sugar water in buckets. The beetles fly in and can't get
out. I should look this up before posting, but am short on time.
Intend to give it a try myself--when I find the time!
>>What you are describing are typical of what are
>>commonly called June bugs. The are actually a type of
>>scarab beetle, the family which includes dung beetles,
>>rose chafers, Japanese beetles, and the gigantic
>>Eastern Hercules Beetle. June bug larvae are typical
>>of scarab larvae, the white, C-shaped grub found
>>eating roots of vegetation or found in rotting wood
>>(and compost on occasion). The larvae of June bugs
>>are sod root feeders, I believe.
>>Cutworms are not the larvae of beetles, but are larvae
>>of certain moths. They don't live in compost, but are
>>typically pests of transplants in sod ground that was
>>not turned in sufficient time.
>>Around here June bugs are very minor pests if at all.
>>I did run across quite a few feeding on the same wild
>>blackberries I was picking this morning. It seems
>>they don't last very long, which is small comfort for
>>you right now. Are they actually eating the ear, or
>>feeding on the silks?
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