Alphabetical List of Critters - Colorado Potato Beetle
The Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), as its name implies, is a serious pest of potatoes. It also likes tomatoes and eggplant. Both the adult beetles as well as their larvae feed on the foliage of the plants, skeletonizing them. The females are very prolific, with each one laying as many as 800 eggs. They are very difficult to control because they can rapidly develop resistance to chemicals and so are currently immune to most of the major (traditional) classes of pesticides.
Detailed Fact Sheets:
- Colorado Potato Beetle Biology and Management (UMaine’s PotatoBeetle.org site)
- Colorado Potato Beetle (Maine Potato IPM Program)