Subject: Bug in my vegetable garden
Location: Southern Connecticut
June 7, 2014 3:59 pm
I found this bug on a leaf of my eggplant plant in my vegetable garden. What kind of bug is it? Is it harmful to my garden? Will it eat the leaves off my vegetable plants?
This is a Clavate Tortoise Beetle, Plagiometriona clavata, and according to BugGuide, adults and larvae feed upon: “ground-cherries (Physalis), Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), and Solanum spp. (Solanaceae).” Those plants belong in the same family as eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.