Striped Blister Beetle

Subject:  Tomato eating insects
Geographic location of the bug:  Alvord. Texas
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 10:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This morning i found hindreds of these bugs. When i watered the tomatoes they fled like cockroaches in the light. What are these tomato eating beasts?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Striped Blister Beetles

This is most likely a Striped Blister Beetle, Epicauta vittata, which is pictured on BugGuide, but there are also several very similar looking members of the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “Feeds on variety of plants, especially Solanaceae (e.g., potatoes, tomatoes), also soybeans, other crops. Pigweed, Amaranthus species, not a crop plant, is also fed upon extensively.”

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