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The Colour of Destruction is Green

I have swarms of Green Scarab Beetles (Diphucephala colaspidoides) here at the moment.

They are super destructive and seem to come out in plague proportions every four years or so, probably the reason that one of my elderly neighbours calls them leap year beetles.

I am about to lose this years, cherries, raspberries, red currants and josta berries because the beetles have managed to sekletonise the trees and shrubs in a couple of days.

raspberry beetles

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raspberry beetles on the cherries

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The last time we had a plague of beetles like this was the drought of 1998 or 99. That year was when the mature eucalyptus trees on the sides of my hills began to die back.

The dams here are nearly empty. The paddocks are February brown and now these buggers have come along in huge swarms and are finishing off the last of the greenery in the garden.

Bastard things.

We need some rain.

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  • Elephant's Child December 4, 2015, 6:16 pm

    Beautiful assassins. Will the trees come back next year?
    We too could do with some rain. The countryside is crispifying before our eyes.

  • smartcat December 4, 2015, 9:56 pm

    Insect devastation is worst! It’s so frustrating because there is so little that can be done. I am betting that they are not native. It’s the introduced species that do the most harm.
    Here’s hoping for rain.
    Years ago when we were devastated by gypsy moths a friend said she felt like Frodo going into Mordor!

    • frogpondsrock December 8, 2015, 7:49 am

      These are natives. Normally there are not this many of them but this season we have had the perfect weather conditions for them. The last time they were this bad was in the drought of 98 or 99.

  • Fiona Moore December 10, 2015, 7:34 pm

    Why are the pretty ones evil???

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