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

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Lifecycle

 

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Geographical Range

  •  Colorado Potato Beetles are a major pest of potato crops in most areas of the US (GV)

Signs & Symptoms

Whole Plant

Leaves

  • Large holes chewed in leaves

Flowers

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Fruit

Roots/Tubers

How to Positively Identify

Beetles or grubs found

Treatment

  •  handpick beetles & grubs
  • plants can withstand moderate damage
  • resistant to most pesticides (GV)

Prevention & Control

 

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