Little pretty green colored bug or beetle?
Location:  Fairfield, Maine USA
August 23, 2010 12:16 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this little green bug? it was very interesting looking so I wanted to know what it could be? Can you identify it, please?
Thank you,
James R

Northern Corn Rootworm

Hi James,
This Skeletonizing Leaf Beetle is a Northern Corn Rootworm,
Diabrotica barberi and we identified it on BugGuide.

Thanks Daniel,
What an interesting name it has.

Hi again James,
WE did a bit more research and found information on the Illinois Integrated Pest Management website where we learned:  “Larval feeding on corn roots may reduce yields. Injured root tips feature brown lesions. In some fields, entire nodes of roots may be pruned severely. Pruned roots are less capable of supplying water and nutrients to the growing ears and moderate to severe root pruning may result in lodging and significant losses at harvest. Larval injury also may make roots more susceptiable to root and stalk rot fungi. High adult densities may clip silks resulting in poor pollination and reduced kernel set.

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