Beetle Attacks

Trail of Destruction From the Beetle


This beetle is eating its way through my orange zinnia, and leaving a trail of destruction! I had to cut the flower off to prevent the damage to other plants and flowers nearby. Already, I saw little egg-like thingy on the leaves under the flower head, and it wasn't a pretty sight.

Bye-Bye Beetle

As soon as the flower was tossed, the squirrel shred the flower apart and was gone in no time! I can tell you that squirrels around here are also very destructive critters too. For some reasons, they like to just cut off my flower heads if they can get to them.

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12 comments:

betchai September 02, 2011 9:48 am  

aws, sorry to hear about that Icy, we have a neighbor who catches/traps the squirrel and puts them in the lake, but somehow they always find a way to go back :)

Fotokarusellen September 02, 2011 10:37 am  

At least, he gave you the this beautiful pictures. Well done.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Karin M. September 02, 2011 3:18 pm  

Lovely pictures, beautiful color ...
LG: Karin

Sheri September 02, 2011 11:34 pm  

Great photos and detail! Squirrels are little buggers, aren't they?

jabblog September 04, 2011 7:40 am  

Great photos but a shame about the destruction;-)

Cheryl September 04, 2011 9:19 am  

Rabbits and squirrels seem to love to lop off the heads of flowers. The nectar must be delicious.

Anne Lyken-Garner September 05, 2011 5:28 am  

So awful. You spend all that time preparing and planting, only to have those critters destroy your work.

The squirrels here don't tend to eat the flowers very much, but they munch on the wooden fences, which is a very expensive pass time. :-)

Caroline September 05, 2011 7:44 am  

I love the colors in your pics, great macros!

Crafty Gardener September 05, 2011 5:48 pm  

great macro photo of zinnia and bug

Poetic Shutterbug September 06, 2011 7:51 pm  

That beetle is a scary looking one. As much as I love squirrels, they can be very destructive around flowers and they are smart critters so yes, they will be back for more.

A friend of mine has a flower garden and has numerous squirrels. What she did was to leave peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out for the squirrels on a daily basis so they don't touch the flowers. True story. A little extreme but it works.

lisaschaos September 06, 2011 10:49 pm  

I found one of these on my marigolds this week too. I thought he was pretty cute, like a tiny june bug. :)

Roshanda "ShonEjai" Glenn September 07, 2011 6:35 pm  

Your Zinnias and the critter that occupies them are beautiful!

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