Whatever you call them potato bugs, or Colorado potato beetles, have to be dealt with. These pests feed on potato leaves and will destroy the potato plants and spoil your hoped-for harvest.
The Colorado potato beetle is a frequent invader of potato crops. This potato bug is approximately 10 mm (0.4 inches) long, has a bright yellow/orange body highlighted with 5 dark brown or black stripes along the length of each of its front wings.
Colorado beetles occasionally attack tomatoes and eggplants however are most destructive to potato crops.
In cold weather adult potato beetles are dormant under garden or field refuse. In the U.S. they emerge sometime in spring depending on the temperature and moisture conditions. They look for plants on which to feed, then they mate and lay eggs. When the larvae hatch they also begin feeding on the potato plants. Even if the infestation stays confined to a small area of a garden or field the potato bugs will do much damage. They will often kill entire rows of potato plants.
A couple of other potato bugs or potato pests include:
Potato bugs are often resistant to sprays so other methods of control are sometimes more effective.
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Fun With Potatoes - Mr. Potato Head
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