Pest Alert

Pest Alert!
Here’s some info from a gardener, “Be on the lookout for the Mexican Bean Beetle. My green beans were decimated by them. I spent an hour tonight removing them, uprooting my infected plants to drag far far away from the garden. The pupae are about a quarter of an inch to a half inch long, bright yellow with dark spines sticking up on their backs. When they are mature they look like a lady bug and in fact are one of rare bad lady beetle species.”

There is a good  URI link with pictures:
http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/mexbeanbeetle.html

Neighborhood Gardens Cultivate Community
http://www.projo.com/garden/content/LB_HOME_Community_Gardens_09-13-09_C2FJ5RR_v10.173f804.html

2 thoughts on “Pest Alert

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:40 PM
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    I squashed dozens of these beetles on my yellow squash and zucchini plants last month along with a number of the pupae hiding under the leaves. Most of the leaves had been turned to lace by the time I saw what was happening after clearing the weeds I’d let grow. The few bush beans I had escaped damage across the garden, maybe all the weeds helped to hide them. At least I know what the little pests are now.

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  • September 29, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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    I saw some mexican bean beetle carnage the other day when I was at the garden. I had them last year and they made me really mad. I fared ok this year, I got my beans in early. I just can’t get over the absolute destruction they do to bean plants. It makes it tough with so many tasty treats for them in such a small area!

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