Plant-Insect Interaction: Striped cucumber beetle on yellow straightneck squash

Striped cucumber beetle (Acalymma vittatum, Chrysomelidae) on a yellow straightneck squash plant (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae). Photographed 06/07/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

While out in a southeast Michigan greenhouse the other day, I noticed some striped cucumber beetles (Acalymma vittatum, Chrysomelidae) on yellow straightneck squash plants (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae).  Adult beetles feed on the leaves of many plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, including squash, melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins.  These common insect pests often cause fatal injury to these vegetable plants if they aren’t controlled.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Plant-Insect Interaction: Striped cucumber beetle on yellow straightneck squash

  1. Pingback: Plant-Insect Interaction: Horned squash bug on a yellow straightneck squash | The Life of Your Time

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