That is a Japanese beetle. They come every summer and, if left alone, will destroy your roses and any other plant they crave. I set out bag traps, but a favorite gardening book suggested I also start collecting the beetles, blend them up in a blender with a bit of soap and water, and then spray that delightful concoction on all my plants. Apparently, the scent of blended beetles is a deterrent to hungry beetles. I’m tempted to try it (wouldn’t that be a winning blog post?), but I don’t have a blender I’m willing to sacrifice to beetle-juice.
Self Indulgent Garden Update
I got my first cucumber yesterday (!) and I’m only waiting on a million green tomatoes to redden. They have really taken off in the last month.
End of June 2011
The squash, strawberries and sunflowers have come a long way as well.
The front garden has a noticeable bare spot, as the red onions didn’t take and the lettuce was composted a while ago. Watermelon (including 2 plants I started by seed), eggplant, and cantaloupe were planted as replacements, but they are taking their sweet time in expanding. RUDE.