Japanese Beetles, Ottawa

While I was whacking down the most obnoxious weeds in the community garden adjacent to our lot, I saw some bugs congregating on a rose bush. Closer examination revealed they were Japanese Beetles in the fourth stage of their life cycle:

  • Egg
  • Larvae
  • Pupae
  • Maker of more eggs


Close-up of Japanese Beetles, mating on a rose petal.

Makin’ whoopee. And more Japanese Beetles . . .


This picture reminds me of the TV-movie scenes of royal bedrooms, with courtiers hanging around while the King and Queen consummate the match. I’m not sure what these two hangers-on are talking about, but they’re polite enough to provide some privacy for the happy couple.

Birds don’t care for these beetles. I wonder if the squirrels could be persuaded to give them a try. You know, instead of stripping my magnolia tree of its blossoms.


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2 Responses to Japanese Beetles, Ottawa

  1. John Whitman says:


    • Isabel Gibson says:

      John – 🙂 Well, I was surprised. Not sure what I thought a bag of bugs *would* be doing . . .

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