Nice thing about Basil is you can plant it later, too, especially in pots. Growing it early is good if you will make the pesto then, but mine always bolt for seed before I know it and it's more bitter then. It freezes well, too... mouth is watering because I didn't make any last year.
I think I'll put out some small Molasses traps around when I get planting and see what shows up. Probably the bears, now that I think about it. Nix the molasses trap around here. Crap, I would never be rid of them if they thought molasses was around here on occasion..
I think basil clones well, too, can't remember. I'm just geting into the cloning this year for a few reasons.
Maybe you'll get ahead of the fuckwigs now. I wonder if they hatch in large numbers like other insects. You know, if you knew then you could make sure you wait a few weeks to plant or something. I would get Japanese Beetles like that in another region where I gardened. And, some years not so bad, others worse. But it only lasted a week or two.
Best Wishes corralling your 'wigs! peace