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Destructive Japanese beetles likely in North Dakota to stay


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bug that's an enemy to flower beds, gardens, crops and even golf courses has been found again in North Dakota. An insect expert says the state likely now has an established population of the destructive Japanese beetle.


The beetles that are native to Japan were first found in the U.S. in New Jersey in 1916. Over the past century, they have spread west to the central Plains, according to the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The bug was first found in North Dakota in 2001, and then not again until 2012. Last year, beetles were fo...

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