The other day my neighbor found a beetle in her garden that she’s never ever seen before and sent me images. After doing some browsing, I discovered this bug is called the Grapevine Beetle.
Well I’ve never seen this beetle prior to either and, of course, I was immediately worried about the grapevines in our garden. Ugh, it seems there is a specific bug for everything!
WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THE GRAPEVINE BEETLE.
So, I set off to do more research study and find out precisely what to anticipate with this brand-new (possible) insect. I did a LOT of checking out the grapevine beetle, and here’s what I discovered …
First of all, these beetles are hard to miss out on; they are HUGE. They’re two-three times the size of a Junebug, YUCK!
Obviously they’re not usually discovered in this part of the country (Minnesota). We had an extremely mild winter season this year, so I wonder if that’s why they are here this summer. Either that, or they are moving. Excellent!
They belong to the Junebug, and are sometimes called a spotted June beetle. Like a Junebug, the grapevine beetle is nighttime and is brought in to bright light. Their lifecycle is similar to the Junebug as well; they overwinter as larvae in the ground, and they become beetles in June/July.
The adult grapevine beetle feeds upon grapevine foliage and fruit.
I check out that they can feed upon other types of fruits in the garden too (like apples and raspberries … etc), although I didn’t discover much information about this.
The damage they trigger resembles the Japanese beetle; they skeletonize the leaves.
The suggested organic garden bug control for the adult grapevine beetle is hand picking the pest from the plant.
The larvae feed upon decomposing organic product, so they are stated to be helpful. Grapevine beetle larvae do not feed on grapevines. Learning this was a substantial relief, my biggest fear was they would be a vine borer.
Despite the fact that the adult feeds on grapevines and other stuff, everything I’ve checked out this beetle states that they do not trigger major damage in the garden.
Grapevine beetles aren’t thought about major pests in vineyards, at least not that I might discover. A big invasion of these beetles might trigger damage, but it’s quite unusual; one or two beetles in the community does not appear to be an issue.
Whew, I feel better!
Naturally, now that I understand they are here, I will continue to watch on our grapevines and other plants they might harm.
We will likewise continue to cover our grapevines to protect them from this and other bugs. But, today the Japanese beetle is my nemesis and the grapevine beetle looks like a really small hazard. (Would not it be fantastic if the grapevine beetles consumed Japanese beetles?).
Because learning about the grapevine beetle, I have actually seen a few of them flying around. They look like they’re drunk when they fly, but they move pretty quick.
A few days ago, one flew right into the side of the garage and nearly fell on me. (GASP!).
Their size and clumsy way of travel makes grapevine beetles simple to spot when they’re buzzing around.
After doing all this research, I feel like I can breath a sigh of relief. Since we cover our grapevines, I do not believe I have to fret about grapevine beetles.