While gypsy moth populations are down, news regarding another plant pest is not so encouraging.

Department entomologists trapped a record 34 Japanese beetles in Oregon this year.

ODA trapped about a dozen beetles near Portland International Airport. The rest were found in Cave Junction, Ore.

The Cave Junction infestation was traced to a new resident who moved from Iowa with potted plants that harbored the beetle, said Helmuth Rogg, an entomologist for the department. The infestation is restricted to a few blocks, Rogg said, which the department plans to treat next year.

--Mitch Lies

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