If you are seeing a lot of brown and green shiny insects around your yard lately you are not alone, Japanese Beetles are making their annual appearance in Portage county.
This nonnative beetle was first found in New Jersey in 1916 and has since spread to the Midwest. The adult Japanese beetle feeds on over 300 varieties of fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers, eating the soft tissue between the veins leaving a lace-like skeleton.
According to UW-Madison Entomologist, Patrick Liesch, we are going to keep seeing these insects through the end of August. So what can you do?
For information regarding this or other questions contact the Portage County UW-Extension office, 715-346-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Denise Rocha, Portage County UW-Extension Office.