Daylilies forum: Handstanding on a Daylily

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 6, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Didn't know where to post this, but since I'm most active in this forum and since it happened to occur on a daily, here you go! Has anyone ever seen a beetle handstand like this? I thought it was so neat. Is it a mating lure?


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The beetle was already in this stance when I found it and did that for atleast the 10-20 seconds I was watching.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 6, 2017 9:25 AM CST
It's a defence stance, apparently, so it felt threatened. That's a Japanese beetle by the look of it, not a good thing to have in the garden.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 6, 2017 10:07 AM CST
Sue,

Unfortunately, we have a number of them in my garden. I am pretty sure they are what is munching holes in my cucumber leaves, and they keep ending up in my citronella candle (it melts in the sun and the beetles get stuck in the wax... Eww) but they dont seem to be pesty beyond that. It seems they leave my other plants alone and even the cucumber plants aren't struggling at all, really. Do you know of an organic solution to deal with them if they become more of a menace?

Defensive stance, you say? Hmm... I guess I might seem pretty scary to an itty bitty beetle...
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 6, 2017 10:08 AM CST
I should mention that I have never actually seen them on my cucumber leaves, I am only assuming that they might be the ones doing it. I think every time I see them they are on my daylilies, but I never seem to catch them eating anything in particular.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 6, 2017 12:07 PM CST
It's difficult to control them on an individual basis because the adults can move from garden to garden around the neighbourhood. If you have the grubs in your lawn you can try beneficial nematodes. Heterorhabditis bacteriophora (what a mouthful!) is the nematode to look for. Some references still suggest milky spore for Japanese beetle grubs but it's now thought not to be as effective as it once was (and is not for any other kind of "white grub").

You're fortunate to not have much of a problem with them, they can be bad on the plants they like, such as roses.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Aug 6, 2017 1:09 PM CST
It looked like to be he had taken such a big bite of that daylily bloom he was using his weight trying to pry it out and was refusing to let go. I think he bit off more than he could chew. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 6, 2017 2:02 PM CST
I think he was doing his yoga practice, personally. The downward facing bug pose.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Aug 6, 2017 2:50 PM CST
sooby said:I think he was doing his yoga practice, personally. The downward facing bug pose.


LoL!!! Hilarious! Hilarious!


Now that you mention it though, I do have holes all throughout all of my leaves on my rose bush. I don't have many rose bushes right now because I gave the few I had out in our front yard to my mom to replace with daylilies. Whistling (Believe it or not, that was essentially what began my daylily craze.) I now have 1 rose bush, Veteran's Honor-which has holey leaves--and a mini indoor one with itsy bitsy buds...and that is it.

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