British Columbia: Invasive Japanese beetle found in Vancouver

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I received an eblast from Phoenix Perennials with the subject line: PLEASE READ: Invasive Japanese Beetle Found in Vancouver

    This is the text of the message:

    Hello Fellow Gardeners,

    I'm alarmed to be sending this email to you but I think it is important that we spread the word so gardeners can be on the look out for the presense of Japanese beetle in their gardens.

    Japanese beetle is an invasive species that can do considerable harm to a wide range of garden plants. My horticultural colleagues in eastern North America speak of gardens ravaged by this hungry pest. Japanese beetle is about the size of the nail on your index finger and can be shiny green or shiny black. It has invaded eastern North America but is not yet on the West Coast. Until now.

    Japanese beetle has recently been detected by CFIA in the False Creek area of Vancouver. It is not known how Japanese beetle arrived in Vancouver. It could have come in on infected nursery stock or soil or adults could have hitched a ride on trains or cars traveling from the east.

    If you live in Vancouver, please familiarize yourself with the information below and follow the links for more discussion.

    Please also share this email with your gardening friends in the city. If infested debris or soil is transported out of False Creek, Japanese beetle could pop up in other neighbourhoods.

    I think it also wise for gardeners elsewhere in the Lower Mainland and BC to be aware of Japanese beetle so please have a look and also forward to your gardening friends and neighbours so you can be on the look out.

    We do not want this pest in BC! On the off chance that you were to ever discover a beetle that looks like Japanese beetle in your garden or in a park, please contact CFIA immediately!

    Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

    Here is a link to the notice from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) http://files.constantcontact.com/ec63e494101/e0b87655-f1d2-4d2d-81ee-bf229d287285.pdf
    The CFIA website page, with a link for reporting sightings, is Japanese Beetle – Popillia japonica (Newman) - Plants - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    And the beetle, from the email I received.
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  2. vitog

    vitog Well-Known Member

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    It might be useful to point out that Japanese Beetles look similar to the European Chafer Beetles that have proliferated in the Vancouver area. The main difference is the colour of the thorax, which is green in Japanese Beetles and brown in Chafer Beetles. Both have brown wing covers, and the Chafer Beetles have a narrower body.
     
  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    CFIA is intensifying their monitoring program accordingly. We have a trap near the front entrance of the Garden.
     
  4. Yo_Jo

    Yo_Jo New Member

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    Hi Wendy,

    I was driving along 41st Avenue and Knight today with my window open when this green bodied beetle startled me by landing on my glasses. Then I remember your post about Japanese Beetles with green bodies and brown wings. Is this a young version of those pesky beetles.

    Joe

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  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That's a stink bug.
     
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