|Tortoise beetle munching my tomato! ©SBF 2015|
Although destructive, (I do remove and destroy them) I do think they are very interesting beetles. Beetles, or Coleoptera, are the largest order of insects. Their diversity and adaptations are fascinating. (Check one of this blog's first posts- about Rhinocerous Beetles) The tortoise beetle almost looks like it is made of plastic. Its flattened body fits snugly against the leaf it is on. The beetle is a 1/2 cm long bug that can be a troublemaker in the garden. Depending on the particular species of tortoise beetle they enjoy munching on morning glories, sweet potatoes, cabbage, corn, raspberry, strawberry and milkweed in addition to the plants I've found them on. I don't particularly enjoy squishing them, but I do particularly enjoy tomatoes and eggplant, and I prefer removing them this way than a chemical method!
|They are pretty cool, even if they do eat my plants! ©SBF|
Have you encountered this pest before? I'd love to hear about what you found it on and what your method of removal was! Comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of flowers in bloom this week, they have been happier with some wetter and warmer weather. What do you have blooming?