Striped Cucumber Beetle
View more pictures: Bing Images Google Images Yahoo Images
Common names: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Scientific name: Acalymma vittata
Region: This beetle can be found in the eastern portion of North America.
Life cycle: The Adult beetle overwinters in plant debris. Only one generation is produced by beetles in the North, while in the south two to four generations are common.
Physical Description: The adults are distinguished by the pale yellow to orange wing covers with three longitudinal stripes and black head. It grows to a 1/4 inch length.
Feeding characteristics: The adults chew on leaves and flowers and carry Bacterial Wilt and cucumber mosaic, while the larvae feed on stems and roots.
Controls: Nature provides a lot of control in the form of natural predators, such as, Soldier Beetles, Tachinid Flies, Braconid Wasps and parasitical nematodes. However, you can also try covering your plants with cheesecloth, or infestations that are more serious, dust or spray with rotenone.
Return from Striped Cucumber Beetle to Insects Q-T Encyclopedia of Garden Insects
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...
Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?
- Click on the HTML link code below.
- Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment,
your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.