We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast to bring you this breaking news. Colorado potato beetles have invaded Betsy's garden. Here is a picture of the culprits:
Photo: University of MN Dept. of Entomology
They have appeared in large numbers and defoliated the majority of Besty's potato plants. Betsy and her husband decided to cut their losses and dispose of most of the plants. They harvested half a grocery bag of new potatoes. They left 3 or 4 of the best-looking potato plants and picked the beetles and eggs off as best they could.
Besty and her daughters had the following to say: "Eeew!"
A close watch will be kept on the tomato plants, as they are at risk of infestation as well.