Japanese Beetle Found in ND| 8/8/2012
"A North Dakota Department of Agriculture plant protection specialist positively identified a Japanese beetle submitted to the NDSU-Extension`s Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab from Grand Forks," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "The specialist subsequently found more specimens in traps in West Fargo."
Goehring added that the beetle is mainly a pest of trees, ornamental plants and turf grass. It can also be harmful to soybeans and corn.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the beetles are a half-inch-long, and metallic green with bronze wing covers. Adults begin to emerge in mid-June through September.
Trapping for the beetles has been ongoing since 1960. The first one found in ND was in Burleigh County in 2001.