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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Geraniums could help control devastating Japanese beetle

Within 30 minutes of consuming geranium petals, the beetle rolls over on its back, its legs and antennae slowly twitch, and it remains paralyzed for several hours. The beetles typically recover within 24 hours, but they often succumb to death after predators spot and devour the beetles while they are helpless.

News story (March 8, 2010)

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