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Flea Beetles

Order: Coleoptera
Family: Chrysomelidae
Species:
Cabbage flea beetle (Psylliodes cruciferae)
Other flea beetles

flea beetle
Flea beetle

Pests as adults

Identification

  • Pinhead, bronze-black, hard-shelled beetles
  • Hop when disturbed

Host plants

  • Beets, cole crops and weeds (cabbage family), radishes, potatoes and tomatoes

Symptoms

  • Tiny, circular "shot-gun" holes and pits in leaves (especially cotyledons)

Biology

  • Adults overwinter in soil and plant debris
  • Strong fliers

Control Options

Physical

  • Protective row cover

Cultural

  • Clean up weedy patches adjoining gardens
  • Avoid siting gardens near commercial canola fields
  • Fall or spring cultivation

Biocontrol

  • Conserve native predatory insects

Pesticides

Contact Us

Integrated Pest Management

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho, Boise Center
322 E Front St, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4046

Fax: 208-364-4035

Email: rhirnyck@uidaho.edu