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« on: July 14, 2005, 01:52:33 PM »

Why is it trying to get into my hives?

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2005, 01:57:04 PM »

All kinds of beetles like to get in your hive.  Smiley  Most are harmless.  It doesn't appear to be a SHB even though it does have the ping pong antennae, but then many beetles do.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2005, 03:27:40 PM »

Naw. This would be a large hive beetle. About 1 1/2 inches long. Didn't get very far into the door before it got run off. I have seen this beetle hanging around the hives for the past few days. Today was the first I noticed it trying to get inside.

I was wondering what they might eat.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2005, 03:49:11 PM »

I've heard Texans are it's favorite meal.  BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaH
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2005, 04:01:32 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2005, 04:46:33 PM »

the beetle you have pictured is  a japanese beetle,  papillia japonica.   adults are foliage and fruit feeders and comonly found on your rose bushes.larvae feed on roots as grubs.   btw- accidently introduced to this country in 1916.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2005, 05:31:54 PM »

Quote from: mark
the beetle you have pictured is  a japanese beetle,  papillia japonica.   adults are foliage and fruit feeders and comonly found on your rose bushes.larvae feed on roots as grubs.   btw- accidently introduced to this country in 1916.


Then I ask again, Why is it trying to get into my hives?
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2005, 06:34:36 PM »

Doesn't it seem that concentrated floral fragrance (honey) might be an attractant for an insect whose diet includes flowers?
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2005, 08:03:35 PM »

They will be attracted to anything sweet.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2005, 10:13:23 PM »

I wasn't thinking along those lines. Fruits to honey didn't cross reference.

What are brain cells???
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2005, 10:33:39 PM »

I unfortunately have plenty of experience with JB.  Without exageration, I pick 50-75 off my 12 grape vines daily.  They also seem to like my Hibiscus and Rose of Sharon leaves.  They seem to enjoy the leaves more than the flowers and I have never seen them on fruit.  I have also never seen them trying to enter a hive. Wish I could say the same about carpenter and bumble bees (I find them dead in front of the hives regularly).

So I'm not too sure that there was something luring it into hive.
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2005, 10:13:27 AM »

Looks like a June Bug to me.

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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2005, 11:38:45 AM »

June beetles/bugs I've seen are all brown.

http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/bimg139.html
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2005, 02:41:35 AM »

Not an expert but I was taught that the beetle in that picture is a June bug.
I was told that the brown beetles (similar in apearance) were potatoe bugs.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2005, 02:59:20 AM »

I found your beetle.  It is a japanese beetle.  If ya wanna read up on it here is the address http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues/Web/242JapaneseBeetle.pdf
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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2005, 08:07:58 AM »

In my area we have Japanese beetles and June bugs. My understanding is that june bugs are slightly larger and and can vary some in color from green to brown. The characteristic that stands out most for the Japanese beetle is the light colored spots around the edge of the shell.

I have seen both around my hive the last couple of weeks. There have been as many as four to five at the entrance at one time. My bees get upset only when the beetles climb up to the entrance. Usually three or four bees will attack the beetles until they fall to the grass or fly away.

Interestly I got my first sting of the year when I stuck my foot in front of the hive to crush a couple of beetles. I walked around to the back of the hive after stepping on the beetles and was watching a couple of others fly around when I saw a bee come out from the front of the hive and fly straight for my face. She got me on the eyelid before I knew what hit me. She obviously did not appreciate my assistance at the hive front. Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2005, 08:17:22 AM »

I seen them on my fruit tree's but none near a hive.
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2005, 10:46:25 AM »

Wow, I've never seen any here in Tucson, Arizona before yesterday. After the rain we had in the early afternoon I saw them on several of my bamboo plants and they were eating some of my peaches.   cry

And then this morning I discovered them all over my other peach trees, the apple trees. Nothing on the fig or citrus trees yet ::cross my fingers::
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2005, 11:47:47 AM »

Japanese beetle were introduced in the US in the 1920's when the japanese government gave a bunch of ornamental cherry tree to the US government. There larvae were in the rootballs.The tree's are all around DC now. They're a terrible pest on the east coast. They'll tear your fruit trees up. Fortunately, around here they don't come out until well after the fruit tree's bloom. You can kill them with liquid sevin and I haven't had trouble with my bee's since the blooms are long gone. The biological control is called MIlky Spore, it's the bug that lives in the ground in Japan which is the natural enemy of the beetle. You get the spores for it at garden store and sprinkle it in yard and it protects for years.

You can tell I got a big problem with em   angry

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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2005, 11:35:30 AM »

Last weekend I got some comb out of a house that had a lot of uncapped honey in it. I have placed this in a 5 gal. bucket out by the hives for the bees to rob out. Today there were 8 japanese beetles on the comb. Eating up the honey I guess.
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