Friday, September 7, 2012

Cucumber Beetle, Spotted

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Diabrotica undecimpunctata

     Shown here along with the damage they do to plants, leaving large ragged holes.  A 1/4 inch beetle having a yellow body with three rows of four black spots and a shiny black head. 

Garden Pest:

Damages leaves by chewing large ragged holes
Can spread bacterial wilt and mosaic diseases

Both Spotted and Striped Cucumber beetles will visit squash and cucumbers to obtain cucurbitacin, the most bitter substance around, to protect themselves from predation.

Permaculture uses:

Chicken food

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