The tuber flea beetle adult is also small, only about 0.1 inch long. Adult - oval; shiny green to black; large hind legs; 1/16 inch Larvae - thread-like grubs; whitish; up to 1/3 inch, Overwinters as adults in debris or hibernate One to four generations per season Generation is 4 to 6 weeks up to 9 weeks, Foliage has shot-hole appearance Tubers have narrow tunnels and possibly scars, Crop rotation Weed control Systemic soil insecticides at planting Foliar insecticides when used for other pests, 105 Ag. Larvae that feed on roots, stolons, and tubers also cause damage. Its capacity to overwinter in soil and plant debris makes it challenging to manage, and very sneaky. Damage to foliage is from feeding adults of all flea beetles and are small round holes scattered in the leaf blade giving them a “shot hole” or seive-like appearance. Note:Flea beetles transmit viral and bacterial diseases. The typical damage is either small holes or tunnels on the surface of the tubers. Potato flea beetle on potato plant. Potato flea beetle development. Pupa are rarely seen as they form several inches in the soil. When potato plants have emerged, many will fly into the potato field and the adults begin feeding on the foliage. Flea beetles are small but destructive pests in the home landscape. Feeding damage does not usually extend more than 3/8 inch into the tuber. They are all characterized by enlarged hind legs for jumping. The adult weevil feeds on all parts of the plant but reproduces only in the stems and roots. Flea beetles, for the most part, are attracted to small seedlings of common European vegetable crops. Damage by flea beetles is of two major types, on foliage and on tubers. Even low numbers of larvae reduce sweet potato quality and marketable yield. Flea beetle control is an ongoing battle that relies upon three levels of approach. This type of damage can predispose the plant to early blight because of the amount of damaged tissue. An exception is the spinach flea beetle, which is 1/4-inch long. 1. The beetle targets tasty plants in the families Solanaceae (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers) and Brassicaceae ( including cole crops: broccoli, kale, cabbage, collards ). They have six short legs. Eggs are white and oval. Controlling weeds around and in potato fields is a key part of holding down flea beetle populations. The principle damage by the potato flea beetle is foliar while the economic damage by the tuber flea beetle is to the tubers to be harvested. Eggplant flea beetle: this is a mostly black bug that targets eggplants. It prefers Solanaceae plants such as potatoes and tomatoes, and is generally found east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. This insect is much easier to spot when the plants are small. The host range comprises potato, tomato, eggplant, tobacco as well as weeds of the family Solanaceae. Potato flea beetles complete their development on plants belonging to the family Solanaceae, but the adults may feed on a wide range of unrelated plants.. How to Get Rid of Flea Beetles Try this homemade spray to control flea beetles: 2 cups rubbing alcohol, 5 cups water, and 1 tablespoon liquid soap. Flea beetle infestation are sporadic and unpredictable; economic thresholds are not known. The eggs hatch in 7-14 days, and the larvae, small, white worm-like bodies, feed on the roots. Foliar products used for other pests such as Colorado potato beetle and green peach aphid work well against flea beetle adults. The common black and yellow-striped "potato bug", a very familiar insect, is the most serious pest of potatoes. Larvae are elongated soft-bodied grubs about a quarter to a third inch long. Although the potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is often associated with Colorado, these little pests are found all across the United States. Potato and tomato are generally the most seriously affected. This insect is much easier to spot when the plants are small. The import of potatoes from infested areas in Portugal and Tender seedlings may be particularly targeted. They are about 1/16 inch long. These crops would include cabbages, lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, eggplant and a host of different food plants. Figure 3. Extensive tuber feeding can make the tuber unmarketable for the fresh and processing markets but have no effect on seed tuber vigor. They have six short legs. Most adult flea beetles are very small (1/16 –1/8th inch long). Eggs are white and oval. Potato flea beetles are a small black hopping insect. There are many varieties of the insect, which attack a wide range of vegetation. The tuber flea beetle is found from western Nebraska and Colorado west through the inter-mountain States to the Pacific Coast up through the Pacific Northwest. Of these the potato flea beetle (E. subcritita) and the tuber flea beetle (E. tuberis) are the most economically important. Flea beetle adult, flea beetl… Flea beetles are small beetles that jump when disturbed. The sweetpotato flea beetle has not been studied in the Pacific islands, so this account is adapted from the life history of other species elsewhere. This injury is not economic to treat for and rarely defoliation occurs. On close inspection they are slightly hairy and the wing covers are not shiny as occurs on many other common flea beetles (e.g., western black flea beetle on cabbage family plants). Striped flea beetle: a beetle with striped wings with a shiny black or greenish carapace. Communications Bldg.Lincoln, NE 68583-0918. They are deposited in soil crack near the surface and are not seen due to their very small size. Adults emerge when the temperature reaches 50oF, between May to early June in the North and earlier in the South, and begin feeding on weeds or Solanaceous bedding plants such as tomato. The flea beetle is a small, jumping beetle of the leaf beetle family, that makes up the tribe Alticini which is part of the subfamily Galerucinae. Sweet potato leaves are often damaged by sweet potato flea beetles (Chaetocnema confinis); however, most damage to the plant occurs from larvae feeding on the roots. The cycle normally takes four to six weeks but can be delayed to nine weeks under unfavorable conditions. Sweet Potato Flea Beetle. Common, soil-applied systemic insecticides work well in controlling adults. Their hind legs are enlarged for jumping. After about 10 days, larvae hatch. 3. Flea beetles, or Alticini in scientific terms, are pesky, shiny little beetles that come in a variety of colors. Flea beetles are a type of leaf beetle in the family Chrysomelidae. Epitrix potato flea beetles pose a serious threat to potato production in the UK. The flea beetle (family Chrysomelidae) is a pesky visitor to most gardens. Average of 15 shot holes per terminal leaflet. Adults have an oval body, and their color is shiny green to brown to black. These are the tuber flea beetle, Epitrix tuberis, and the west-ern potato flea beetle, Epitrix subcrinata (Fig. Historically the flea beetles were classified as their own subfamily. The flea beetles common to potato are small, black beetles. Treatment for larvae are not available. Adults have an oval body, and their color is shiny green to brown to black. Potato bugs can also reduce the yield that you have in your garden beds. Their feeding results in characteristic circular holes less than 3 mm in diameter. Western potato flea beetle (Epitrix subcrinata) Pest description and crop damage Three species of flea beetles-the western potato flea beetle (E. subcrinita), the tobacco flea beetle (E. hirtipennis), and the tuber flea beetle (E. tuberis)-are known foliage feeders in Pacific Northwest potato fields, especially west of the Cascades. The potato and tuber flea beetles usually will burrow into the ground a few inches but may go as deep as a foot and a half. Description and Life History Two species of flea beetles are of major concern. Signs/Symptoms. Their damage can greatly reduce yield and even kill plants. DESCRIPTION. Flea beetle adult, flea beetle leaf damage, flea beetle tuber damage (from left). Sweet potato weevils are most numerous close to the soil surface. Mature larvae leave the potato structure and dig a small smooth earthen chamber in which they pupate. Potato flea beetle damage on potato foliage appears as scallop-like scoops, rounded pits or shotholes originating from the underside of the potato leaf. Following egg hatch, and small white larvae feed on the roots of the newly planted seedlings, causi… Some species may have white or yellow stripes on their wing cases. Adult Epitrix species are similar in appearance, being dark brown/black (1.5 -2.0mm) with a characteristic enlarged femur on each of its hind legs (see figures right ©Jean-Francois Germain, LPNV Montpellier). Adult flea beetles can cause serious damage to seedlings usually feeding on the undersides of leaves leaving numerous small round or irregularly shaped holes generally not all the way through the leaf. The tuber flea beetle, found in the western half of the continent, is especially damaging as they scar the tuber badly and also drill deeper. Their body is whitish with a yellowish or light brown head. Adult flea beetles range from 1/16" (potato and striped beetles) to up to ½" in length for the spinach flea beetle. Flea beetle injury is most important when seedlings are becoming established or in the production of leafy vegetables. Colorado Potato Beetle. Pupa are rarely seen as they form several inches in the soil. UNL web framework and quality assurance provided by the, Visit the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Apply to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Give to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Strengthening Nebraska's Agricultural Economy. Their body is whitish with a yellowish or light brown head. They are about 1/16 inch long. Potato flea beetle larvae feed on potato tubers. Flea beetles are minor pests of potatoes in California, except in the Klamath Basin … The larvae of the potato flea beetle will feed on potato tubers causing pits and roughness. 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