[NAFEX] a disturbing observatio on honeycrip apples

Steve sdw12986 at aol.com
Sun Aug 3 00:44:55 EDT 2008

Doreen Howard wrote:
> Same here.  The Japanese beetles have left alone every apple except 
> Honeycrisp.  They have not touched the Asian pears, apricot or cherry, just 
> the Honeycrisp.  Of course, they've demolished the grapes and all the roses. 
> What is it about Honeycrisp that attracts them?  I have nine apple 
> varieties, two Asian pears, one apricot and one cherry planted in beds where 
> the trees are about 12 feet apart.  It makes no sense to me.  Hopefully, a 
> breeder or researcher on this listserv will have some answers.
> Doreen Howard
> IL-WI Border, Zone 4b 
Obviously, the Honeycrisp leaves are as delicious to Japanese Beetles 
and the apples are to us.

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