Beetle Invasions

In 1964, it was a different kind of beetles invasion when the phenomenon that became known as Beatlemania struck North America. How ironic then that today, a pine tree planted in 2004 to honor former Beatle George Harrison has reportedly been killed — by beetles.

The memorial tree in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, had grown to more than 10 feet tall before the beetles took over, according to the L.A. Times: “The sapling went in, unobtrusively, near the observatory with a small plaque at the base to commemorate the former Beatle, who died in 2001, because he spent his final days in Los Angeles and because he was an avid gardener for much of his adult life.” Date for replanting TBA.

Could it be that Paul McCartney’s hit “Yesterday” was about a time when there were no concerns about the spread of any ‘beetlemania’?

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