Friday, May 1, 2009

Look Out for Colorado Potato Beetles!

If you have potatoes growing in your garden be on the lookout for Colorado potato beetles. These voracious feeders can quickly devour potato leaves, resulting in greatly reduced yields and even plant death in severe cases. Controlling these beetles early in the season, before populations explode, is essential to protect your potato crop. Adult beetles are currently laying masses of bright orange eggs on potato leaves, which will hatch into humpbacked, dull red larvae (pictured left) so now if the time to search your plants for these insects and take control measures if any are found.

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