Bugs are eating my beans

A voracious bug of some sort is eating my bean plants. What's the best way to handle this problem.
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If I had to make a guess, it's Mexican bean beetles. The only thing remotely organic that helps is Bonide's Rotenone/pyrethrum blend. For some unknown reason we don't have many this year, I'm just hand picking in the evening. Best of luck, Steve

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On Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:20:56 -0700, Just Me wrote:

I'd rather not translate it in mixed company. I use it in newsgroups because it's flame proof, if you call yourself Schvantzkoph it doesn't leave a lot of room for anyone to insult you.
I'm in Massachusetts so Japanese beetles are more likely than Mexican bean beetles. They used to make Japanese beetle traps that had a pheromone attractant inside of a bag, do those still exist.
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wrote:

You know, that's just what I was thinking when I joined the group, soc.culture.jewish.moderated under nym of "Shmendrik"? And you're right. It did work for awhile, till people started making comments like, "Can there be a shmendrik--from Iowa? But who said I was from there? Not me. Then along came the one who said, "Shmendrik! Don't try to live up to your name." It was all downhill after that.

Yes, but again, see the first post in the Chrysanthemum thread. There are many who say those bags just make things worse.
Here's the pretty little suspect in question, though these images can never do such a bug justice. Not like seeing one close up and personal, all iridescent green and copper toned, shining in the sun, being squashed between a nimble forefinger and thumb.
http://tinyurl.com/kp3aln -- JM http://mackiemesser.zoomshare.com
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