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Leaf Beetle, Northern Corn Root-worm (Diabrotica barberi)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Chrysomelidae
Genus: Diabrotica
Species: barberi

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Yale, Iowa

Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Aug 23, 2014, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

If I could give a double negative, I would. But really, this is not the bug's fault. This insect is native to North America, but its numbers were allowed to explode through man's unbalanced planting of corn.

This insect causes farmers loss through the roots the larvae eats and damage above ground is caused by the adults feeding on the silks and leaves of the corn. But often the adults will feed on other plants. I've witnessed these bugs cover the front of sunflower heads and their feeding does not allow the sunflowers to go to seed. They readily go to any variety of these flowers, whether native or not, also eating the petals and pollen of Rose Mallow, Western Ironweed, Black-eyed Susans and others.

There is concern these agricultural pests are causing ... read more

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