Another lovely plant that I won’t be adding to my garden — Hollyhocks. They seem to be as much of a Japanese beetle magnet as my roses and raspberries.
It starts like this..one or two beetles on lovely just opened Hollyhock flowers
And once the “odeur de scarabee Japonais” (pardon my French — or lack thereof) has been released into the air, a mating orgy begins.
A sex pheromone is released by females and sensed by a receptor in the male’s antennae to lure them in. But other females can also sense this chemical in the air and are drawn into its source, with the expectation that males will also be there. And so, a mating orgy ensues.
Skeletonized leaves and munched flowers leave little of the hollyhock beauty to admire.
A Cedar Waxwing jumped down to one plant to inspect the beetle congregation but left without taking one.
Each year the Japanese beetle population gets a little larger and infests a greater variety of plants. What’s a gardener to do?