Just in case anyone is just about to take a bite of their breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I am starting this off with a pretty picture of one of my new crepe/crape myrtle plants' flowers. This crepe/crape myrtle has not yet "met the beetles". In fact, it never managed to get planted into the ground and is still in its container, blooming happily as can be.
Do not look at the next photograph if insects make you queasy or are just too creepy for you!
MEET THE BEETLES! (Sorry, not THE Beatles)
|A JAPANESE BEETLE|
This is a photo of my other crepe/crape myrtle. It managed to get planted out in the middle of the yard. It is not even coming close to being in bloom yet. It may never get a chance to bloom, if I can't fend off these Japanese beetles. They have a voracious appetite. You can see how they have chewed it up. I worry about spraying the plant with bug spray, as I would not like to get anything on the possible future blooms that would poison butterflies, bees, or hummingbirds.
Last year I didn't see any Japanese beetles, but the year before that they were pretty bad. Right now they are flocking to this crepe/crape myrtle and staying off of my roses, but I know it is just a matter of time.
I am spelling crepe/crape myrtle both ways because I have seen it spelled both ways many times. I always thought it was crepe myrtle, but on the tag that came with the plants it said crape myrtle. So crepe, crape, cr...who knows?
Oh, and one more thing:
These used to be one of my favorite sets of earrings. They were made by the 1928 Jewelry Co. I always enjoyed their green, purple, gold iridescence, kind of like a Mardi Gras party on my ear lobes. Funny, I just don't see them the same way now.
I wish I would never have met the beetles.