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Yard and Garden: Controlling and Preventing Issues with Japanese Beetles

July 8, 2017, 2:53 pm | Richard Jauron, Greg Wallace

This summer, Japanese beetles have made their presence known in many parts of Iowa, emerging in mid-June to eat the foliage, fruits and flowers of many different types of plants. It's common to find a horde of a dozen or more beetles at a time. That’s concerning, but how can foliage be protected? Read more about Yard and Garden: Controlling and Preventing Issues with Japanese Beetles

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Tiger Beetle Tales

Tiger beetles are predators in adult and larval stages, eating other beetles, flies, caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers, spiders and additional invertebrates. Adults are active hunters, while larvae feed on any unsuspecting insect passing nearby. Tiger beetles are fed upon by spiders, robber flies, dragonflies, toads, lizards, moles, ground squirrels, shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds, to name a few Read more about Tiger Beetle Tales

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Looking Ahead to White Grubs in the Lawn

The white grubs that routinely damage lawns in Iowa are called annual white grubs. These root-eating, underground June beetle larvae have one generation per year and take one year to complete their life cycle of egg, larva, pupa and adult. The adult beetles of our annual white grubs are specific kinds of June beetles called masked chafers. They are tan or straw brown in color and as the name implies, they have a black stripe across the eyes and face. The masked chafers begin flying in late June and lay eggs in the turf during July. Read more about Looking Ahead to White Grubs in the Lawn

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