TITLE

Potato Beetle

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Potato Beetle, any of three species of yellow, striped beetles that prey on the potato plant. The Colorado potato beetle is the most destructive. It is a round beetle, less than one-half inch (13 mm) long, with 10 black stripes down its back. Adults and the reddish, soft-bodied larvae, popularly called �slugs,� feed on potato leaves and also attack tomato and eggplant foliage. The Colorado potato beetle is native to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. It spread eastward in the 1850's, causing much damage. Control with Paris green began in the 1870's; today, other insecticides are also used.
ACCESSION #
37309765

 

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