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AKelley
Ladson, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2007
9:04 AM

Post #3342659

Discovered these guys this morning...what is it and what do I need to do? I counted 4 different ones. A few days prior, I noticed that some of my new leaves are curled. What's going on?

Thanks in advance

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claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2007
9:11 AM

Post #3342684

It's a Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata probably.
Here's its BugFiles page:

http://davesgarden.com/bf/go/43/

claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2007
9:28 AM

Post #3342746

I don't know if the Cucumber Beetles cause the leaves to curl (it wouldn't surprise me) but it might be caused by another insect or disease, and the Beetles are taking advantage of the tree's weakened state. The Spotted Cuke Beetles do carry and transmit bacterial diseases to trees and plants, possibly fungus and viral disease too.

This page has some control advice and links:

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/cucumberbeetle.html#Organic

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