TOP TOMATO PESTS - PART 2 OF 6: Colorado Potato Beetle
Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)
- Identification: Adult Colorado potato beetles are oval in shape and 3/8 inch long. They have a yellow-orange area behind the head and orange-yellow wing covers with black stripes.
- Plan of Attack:
- Natural enemies are of the Colorado Potato Beetle are the green lacewings, several predatory stink bugs, tachinid fly, and the spined soldier bug.
- Crop rotation prevents overwintering beetles emerging directly in the fields. The further a field is located from the previous year's tomato field, the longer an adult Colorado Potato Beetle will take to infest it.
- Hand-picking and row covers are effective in controlling the infestation.