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Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) on a Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).  Black-eyed Susans are stiff, upright annuals or short-lived perennials native to the Eastern United States.  They were once used to treat skin infections, and have been found to contain antibodies.  Japanese beetles are not very damaging in their native Japan, where natural predators keep them in check, but in the United States they are pests of 200 species of plants.  They were first discovered at a nursery in the U.S. in 1916. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes