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Posted Fri Jul 2 2010: from Joplin Globe:
Increasing numbers of Japanese beetles seen in Southwest Missouri fields, gardens
Hobbs' foe, Popillia japonica, commonly called the Japanese beetle, is on the march, devouring row crops, garden vegetables, ornamental shrubs and fruit trees along the way. "We've had the Japanese beetle in McDonald County for five or six years," said Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "There are Japanese beetles in Newton County and as far north as Barton County. We are seeing them in Jasper County, too."... In Barton County, Jay Chism, an agronomy specialist with MU Extension, said the pesky plant eaters are appearing for the first time there in "significant numbers." "I always trap for insects, and this is really the first year that I've ever caught significant numbers in my Japanese beetle traps," Chism said. "Last year, I didn't catch a handful of them for the whole season. Last week, I caught 600 beetles in two days. Then four days later, I caught 1,100 more."
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