In last week’s post I mentioned our twice a year trip (February and August) to Lake of the Ozarks. I didn’t take many photos and what I did take were flowers and insects. Last week I shared the flowers. The last photo in that post (and a teaser for this week’s photos) was an off kilter, rear end view of a Japanese beetle. I think I’ve mentioned this before but the first time I ever saw Japanese beetles was a few of years ago when vacationing in South Haven, Michigan. Hundreds of them were destroying a couple of bushes along a sidewalk we took each day. Except for social insects likes bees and ants I had never seen such a huge conglomeration of insects. Oops, I take that back. I have seen huge numbers of maggots covering a dead animal.
Wikipedia says that the Japanese beetles are not very destructive in Japan because of natural predators but in North America they do serious damage to rose bushes, grapes, hopes, canna, myrtles, birch trees, linden trees and others. These at the lake were doing serious damage, if not annihilation, to a rose bush.
This first photo is a solitary Japanese beetle. In my limited experience they are not often seen solo but prefer mob action.
The next three photos show the beetles devouring a rose bush.
This was on the other side of the sidewalk. It will probably be next.
I also saw a bumble bee and a wasp nearby. In this photo and the next it appears that about half of the bee’s right antenna is broken off.
When I first saw this wasp he was pretty tangled up in the periphery of a spider web. Unfortunately I don’t have photos of the early stages where he was really tangled. Well I technically did have photos but they somehow got overexposed to the point of uselessness, the result of stupid user error, or is that a stupid error of the user – either case same result.
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