Gold Tortoise Beetles

By: Emmy Cancino

Category

  • Argus tortoise beetle
  • Blacklegged tortoise beetle
  • Mottled tortoise beetle
  • Striped tortoise beetle

Damages

  • young larvae scrape on the surface of leaves leaving a pale or brown translucent  membrane.
  • Adults produce round holes.
  • When Golden Tortoise Beetles feed in groups, irregular holes are formed and can destroy  the plant.

Control

  • Chemical control is not necessary
  • Adequate fertilizer
  • Good weed control
  • Well timed planting

What plants are most prone to damage from the pest?

-sweat potato plants

-morning glorys

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