Yellow beetle with black spots
Location:  Torrington, CT
October 18, 2010 5:21 pm
Hi there! I’m constantly scanning my outdoor plants for bugs I’ve never seen. I see something new almost every day! I came across this pretty little beetle in the center of a small sunflower. Can you tell me about it? Thanks!
Signature:  Jennifer

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Dear Jennifer,
Your beetle is a Spotted Cucumber Beetle,
Diabrotica undecimpunctata, and according to BugGuide, the larva is known as the Southern Corn Rootworm.  BugGuide also contains this comment:  “Considered a major pest of many field crops including cucumbers and other squashes, corn, soy. Beetles also transmit crop diseases such as bacterial wilt. Adults also reported damaging to garden plants including hibiscus, roses.

One Response to Spotted Cucumber Beetle

  1. ninkasi27 says:

    I still think it’s pretty, even if it is a pest. Thanks so much!

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