[NAFEX] Missing Jap beetles?

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 21 15:06:57 EDT 2008

We still have plenty O'beetles, neighbor.

In fact, I've spent the last two mornings spraying while they defoliate the cherries and quinces.  Maybe fresh Bull-Eye (spinosad) would be more effective, but the 3-year old stuff I used (at 3X concentration the last time) failed to do anything to them.  Next was pyrethrin/rotenone.  The pyrethrins gave a quick knockdown, but this combo didn't kill a single beetle.  This morning, Malathion.  We'll see, but after 2 hours, I see no significant death.

I've only managed to treat about 20% of the yard with milky spore, so that may be the difference in our observations.

North Carolina, Zone 8

-----Original Message-----
>From: Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
>Sent: Jun 20, 2008 11:48 AM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Missing Jap beetles?
>Yes! I have been experiencing the same phenomenon.  I spread Milky Spore
>last year for the first time as last July I spent more time picking
>beetles off my apples and beans than picking blueberries off my group of
>mature Rabbiteyes!  Definitely not how I enjoy spending my time.
>I was going to attribute the dramatic decline to either the severe
>drought we had (are having) or the Milky Spore.  Is anyone else
>experiencing a decline who has not also experienced a drought last year?
>Now that you mention it, we have had the usual abundance of June bug
>larvae in the soil, although I am not seeing as many adult June beetles
>as usual....
>Betsy Hilborn
>7a NC
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