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Whitehurst Diaries: Better Beetle Buster protects blackberry crop

Cute as these leaf-eating scarabs are, Phyllaga are at least a minor plague at blackberry time. Though Andrew Zimmern feasts on roasted June Bugs (See Youtube: June Bugs Three Ways) occasionally, there's no place for them in the blackberry patch; and with no great demand by today's nine year old boys to tether June Bugs with sewing thread and make a flying toy of them, the Whitehursts take great glee and sweet endings for the creatures, who are now hastened to Junebug heaven with Jim Whitehurst latest contraption, the wildly successful Better Beetle Buster, which Sharon Whitehurst shares with the world in today's Internet Reveal - CM
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Jim is quite protective of his blackberry crop.

While this hasn't been as productive a season as previous years, there has been a sweet first picking and now a second crop forming.

Japanese beetles and green June beetles have discovered the berries!

Last summer Jim trapped a few by hanging buckets of soapy water among the berry bushes.

This years invention, a syrupy mixture of molasses stirred into hot water is definitely a better beetle buster.

Jim mixed two or three tablespoons of dark molasses in hot water to cover the bottom of an enamel baking pan to a two inch depth. He placed the brew on a stool in the middle of the blackberry patch.

While the resultant 'catch' is not pretty, Jim and I view them with unholy glee. 'Take that, you---errr--beetles' - Sharon Whitehurst

Video: June Bugs Three Ways

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World Wide Reveal: Jim Whitehurst Better Beetle Buster

2014-07-24 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
This is Jim Whitehurst's very simple to make Better Beetle Buster to protect the Whitehurst Blackberry Crop from the June Bug plague. June Bugs fly in to feast on a molasses mixture bait, and apparently drown in a euphoric demise. Count 'em, above, about 250-300 of the critters.

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