Beetle ID and Mitigation
Growing some backyard Magnums here in Colorado. Observed a large number of wasps taking an interest in my one hops plant this weekend. On closer examination, I found 4 brown beetles (seen in the pic) feeding on the stem of the vine (no leaf damage). There was sap running down the vine for a foot or so, and the wasps were enjoying the gooey mess.
I removed the beetles yesterday but today found 4 more in the same location. My questions
A) What are they? They don't seem to be Japanese beetles as they are matte (not glossy) brown with a brown speckle/stripe pattern, not metallic copper and green.
B) How can I get rid of them in an organic manner that will not expose my hops to pesticide?
Thanks in advance
what color is it underneath?
The underside of the beetle is black. They are about the size of a nickel.
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