Cottonwood Leaf Beetle

Hello Bugman,
I have to tell you just how interesting I have found your website. It has become quite habit forming. I am attaching 3 photos of a bug in various stages. These army of creapers have taken over my Weeping Willow Tree and are eating it up. Can you please tell me what they are and the best way to get rid of them. I live in NorthEast Arkansas.
Thanks so much for your time and knowledge.
Cathy Smith

Hi Cathy,
Despite being called the Cottonwood Leaf Beetle, Chrysomela scripta Fabricius, this pest can also be found on willow trees, as you know. I would check with local agricultural experts regarding control, now that you know what you have. Both the adult on the left, and the larva on the right will eat leaves from the host trees. We found some information on this site.
Good Morning,
Thanks so much for emailing me back so quickly. I am very happy to know exactly what kind of bug this is that is bugging me and my willow tree. I will get in touch with the Agricultural department today. Thanks so much for your time. I hope this email finds you having a wonderful day. Best Regards,
Cathy Smith

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  1. I’ve been looking for a site like yours for a bit now. I want to thank you for posting the picture of the cottonwood leaf beetle. I found one tonight just inside my window. It was very helpful knowing exactly what I’m looking at.
    I used to be very big into entomology but haven’t had out my pins in almost 15 years. Now the kids are excited about figuring out what the bugs are that they find and bring home to mom. This was helpful tonight. Thank you.


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