Category Archives: Pests

Spider Mite

cause yellow stippling on leaves; look closely at leaves for small dark specks and webbing on leaf undersides. (VGPS) under cover, peppers can suffer from bad infestations of Red Spider Mite. (GV) Big-Eyed Bugs (Geocoris spp of the Lygaeid family) love to eat many pests, such as flea beetles, spider mites, insect eggs and small caterpillars. […]

Flea Beetles

Flea beetle

Flea beetles, part of the Chrysomelidae family,are tiny black or brown-bronze beetles that jump like a flea, and leave tiny holes or divots in the leaves. They seem to especially love eggplant leaves. Fruits, like eggplant, also get damaged with scarring from the flea beetles feeding. Productivity is also reduced because they love the new leaves, growing tips […]

European Corn Borer

Ostrinia nubilalis also known as Corn Borer European corn worm European high-flyer In Peppers Check leaf undersides for white masses of eggs and crush them if there are small holes chewed in leaves close to fruits, check the fruits for holes, which is a sign that the borers have tunneled into peppers; you will find […]

Colorado Potato Beetle (stub)

Most notorious pest of potatoes; chew large holes in leaves. Handpick the beetles & grubs when found; plants can withstand moderate damage. Physical Description Potato beetle grubs are humpbacked yellow grubs Adults are yellow or orange beetles with black stripes on their backs Species & Taxonomy Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus Species: Lifecycle   […]

Blister Beetles (stub)

Slender beetles that chew foliage – don’t touch them without gloves; they secrete an oil that can cause skin to blister (RVGPS) Physical Description  slender beetles that chew foliage Species & Taxonomy Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus Species: Lifecycle   Plants Affected   Plants Unaffected   Geographical Range   Signs & Symptoms Whole Plant […]