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Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

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

Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
3 negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Garfield, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Molino, Florida
Lafayette, Louisiana
Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland
Millersville, Maryland
Brockton, Massachusetts
Lucedale, Mississippi
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Clayton, Missouri
Bowling Green, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Homeworth, Ohio
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Alice, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Spring, Texas
Stagecoach, Texas

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive organic1 On Nov 10, 2007, organic1 from DFW Metroplex, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

I witnessed a swamp milkweed leaf beetle attacking a web worm. :-)

Neutral sallyg On May 16, 2008, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b) wrote:

Found one adult on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, in Maryland.
Editing- I've had many on Swamp Milkweed; that's the first place I ever saw them in my garden. They much preferred the Swamp milkweed. In two years they killed a very hearty specimen.

Negative moe2 On Jun 9, 2010, moe2 from Pearland, TX wrote:

My Milkweed crop is devastated again this spring, just as the Monarch's are coming in. They eat everything except the roots and leave nothing for the Monarchs. I can collect two to three dozen adults any morning.

Neutral tylerh918 On Jul 29, 2010, tylerh918 from Olive Branch, MS wrote:

Swamp milkweed beetle showed up in late July in Olive Branch, MS. I had just purchased the milkweed on line and planted in May. Several branch tips were also covered in yellow egg looking stuff. I pinched the tips off and threw them out. Only noted 3 beetles total. I also have some butterfly weed (tuberosa) and have had it for two years. It gets mildew but never had beetles.

Negative carolbtx On Oct 5, 2010, carolbtx from Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Labidomera clivicollis strips the leaves and buds off any Asclepias curassavica plants that happen in my yard. When I am vigilant, and pick the bettles off, the plant has a chance of surviving to bloom; but this year I have been too busy elsewhere in the garden, and all I have left is three bare stems.

Negative Sheila_FW On Jun 10, 2011, Sheila_FW from Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

My swamp milkweed is stripped of leaves just as it began to bloom. These nasty beetles are everywhere. When distrurbed they drop to the ground and are hard to locate in leaf litter. This is my first year to have them and I don't want them back. Thankfully I haven't been trying to feed Monarchs or I might be in short supply.

Timer: 29.38 jiffies (0.29379892349243).


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