CLOSED: It's a bug!

Ewing, KY(Zone 6a)

But dang hungry ones. It's some kind of beetle but what kind and how do I kill them? They are having a feast on my garden.

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Ewing, KY(Zone 6a)

See the damage they can do.

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San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Oh, my ... I am so sorry for you and your plants! The damage looks like they might be flea beetles. They are very small about 1/16th of an inch long (although the insects in your photos appear to be larger) and jump when disturbed. Most are shiny black, but some have an metallic bluish or greenish appearance. There are many different kinds. This is a link providing information about canola crops, but it shows the characteristic damage they do.

http://www.westcoag.com/Insects/FleaBeetles.htm

Here's another link that shows a few other types and the damage that can be done.

http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/jeffco/hort/diseases/fleabeetles_doc.htm

Another link:

http://vegipm.tamu.edu/chewing2/fleabeetle.html

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

I was thinking flea beetle damage too, but wasn't sure if that's what those black bugs were. I know they love anything in the solanaceae family.

Ewing, KY(Zone 6a)

Well the only thing they seem to be bothering are my primrose.(Oenothera). So far anyway. But it sure looks like the ones in your links. Thanks everybody.

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