TGIFun Fact Friday!!!!

Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Photo credit: Stylurus)

Finally time for Fun Fact Friday!! The Cucumber Beetle is about 9mm long and has a shiny black head and long antennae. Depending on the specific species of Cucumber Beetle, they can either be striped or spotted. These bugs overwinter and are ready to attack as soon as spring brings new plants for them to eat. They lay their eggs at the bottom of the plant and then the larvae eat the roots. The adult Cucumber beetles prefer to eat the flowers and the leaves of the plants, however, these bugs dislike heat so much that they will eat the undersides of melons, causing even greater damage. …

For more information on the Cucumber Beetle and ways to manage it, check out this website: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r116300511.html

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