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Striped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma vittata)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Sierra Vista, Arizona
Ashdown, Arkansas
Cloverdale, California
Preston, Connecticut
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Manhattan, Illinois
Des Moines, Iowa
Salina, Kansas
Whitefield, Maine
Bolton, Massachusetts
Millbury, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Flint, Michigan
Gladwin, Michigan
Marquette, Michigan
Milaca, Minnesota
Croton On Hudson, New York
Fairport, New York
Himrod, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
New Springfield, Ohio
Novelty, Ohio
Wilsonville, Oregon
Mercer, Pennsylvania
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Bethel Springs, Tennessee
Hutto, Texas
Fairfax, Vermont
Onley, Virginia
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2010, temafilly from Oconomowoc, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I put positive to get your attention - radishes will deter them! Last year I planted beans, potatoes, and several varieties of squash - summer, winter and pumpkin. Stripy beetle heaven, right? Not with blooming radish everywhere! Not one bug. I used the young radishes as both spacing markers and guards. I may have overdone things a little with putting a radish every 2' along vining rows, and four around each bush, then scattered among the companion planted beans and 'taters, but it worked.
Let the radish flower and go to seed. There's next years pest control!
However, all that blooming will attract more butterflies, so if you grow brassicas, you may want to cloche them. I did get a Black Swallowtail though! And many Sulphurs. Bees worked hard too, and I'm not argung against... read more


On Mar 27, 2009, dibaston from Whitefield, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

These beetles are voracious. The only way I was able to control them at all was to go out in the early morning when it was still cool and knock them into a can of soapy water or step on them when they fell on the ground. Another way was to come up under the leaf and squeeze it together, squashing the bugs. Messy but fairly effective.


On Nov 24, 2008, McCool from Millbury, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Terrible pest! This is the only bug that I have actually declared war on. I am an organic gardener and don't really even like to use the so-called "organic pesticides"; however, I'm tired of losing my entire crop of cukes, summer squashes, etc. As far as I know, there's no way to get rid of them entirely, I just try to keep the population as low as possible each year.


On Jul 28, 2008, amypreston from Preston, CT wrote:

Can anyone please tell me how to get rid of these before they destroy all of squash, Zucc, cukes and pumpkins!! I would like an all natural versus pesticide.
Thank you


On Jul 25, 2008, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've found these even more attracted to my sunflowers and gourds than to my cukes. They like to go into the male flowers of my night-blooming gourds, so that's a help for handpicking. Otherwise, they fly away at the slightest disturbance.