(I do realize that this is probably the crappiest picture online that purports to show Japanese Beetles. Again, it was taken with my cell phone.)
My community garden’s sweet corn is completely infested with these largish beetles. The beetles are covering the corn’s tassels and feeding on the pollen. When that’s gone, they’ll apparently begin eating the silk and quite possibly interfere with proper pollination.
Plus, it’s disgusting to have dozens and dozens of big beetles on my corn. I guess I’m going to get a container of soapy water and knock as many as I can off into their deathtrap tomorrow at lunch. Wish me luck!