Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

The Japanese Beetle, or Popillia japonica, is a very common sight here in the southern US during the early summer months. They do clear off some foliage from plants but is also a very important part of the food chain for other creatures. Many of natures creatures have their young around the food sources that will prevent itself during a certain time. I have been watching everything from birds to hornets come down to take a few off of my coneflowers. I am sure the toads hopping around at night are feasting on them as well. My philosophy here is plant enough plants to feed them as well as enjoy seeing the flowers. Evelyn has done a great job with our gardens and everyone is happy! I checked the bluebird house the other day and we have a clutch of 5 eggs, which is a little unusual with it being the second clutch of the year for this pair.

Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 70D, Aperture Priority, f5.6, +.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui T2205X tripod and G20X ballhead, Peak Design Leash, processed in Lightroom CC.

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