Short tree with beetles
by Joe Killewald
(Greene County, Tennessee)
We moved in to a home in the country in East Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. On our property is a very short tree with narrow leaves, about 3/4" wide and approximately 3-4" long. The color of the leaves is a pale green. The trunk is only about 2" in diameter, and the overall tree is no taller than 5 feet.
We don't mind the tree, but there has been beetles (many of them, perhaps 200 or more) eating holes in the leaves. The beetles are about 3/8 ~ 3/4" long, brown with narrow yellow stripes, and resemble what we called "June Bugs" when we lived up in Michigan.
We would like to know: a) What is the tree, b) Which type of bug is this, c) How should we deal with the beetles and d) How do we care for the tree if we wish to preserve it.