It seems that Japanese Beetles are taking over our neighborhood. Wikipedia lists their favorite plants and we have four of them in our front yard alone.
Here's a close-up of our weeping cherry tree. The beetles are "skeletonizing" the leaves at a rather impressive pace. We had them bad last year too, but I think they're even worse this year.
Justin and Vance spent some time last night shaking branches and combing the beetles off into a bucket full of water.
(Vaughn and I watched through the front windows and took pictures because Mommy is a typical girl when it comes to bugs. Especially these. You can't shoo them away. If they land on you you have to literally take them off of you. One has gotten stuck in my hair and it was a horrible experience. I nearly hyperventilated just downloading the pictures from last night. I'm not proud of this at all.)
A neighbor from a couple streets over stopped and said they have them bad too and that there's some kind of Grub-ex that can be put down into the soil during the spring to kill the larvae of the beetles. We'll be looking into that next spring and in the meantime I guess we'll be hanging out with them.
The beetles. Not you. Have a great Friday!