Colorado potato beetles at large!!

Haldane discussed the prevalence of stars and beetles in his book “What is life?” published in the 1940s;

_69607665_thinkstock106564984“The Creator would appear as endowed with a passion for stars, on the one hand, and for beetles on the other, for the simple reason that there are nearly 300,000 species of beetle known, and perhaps more, as compared with somewhat less than 9,000 species of birds and a little over 10,000 species of mammals. Beetles are actually more numerous than the species of any other insect order. That kind of thing is characteristic of nature.”

One among the 300,000 species is Colorado potato beetle. An adult beetle is around 10mm long and is orange or yellow with black or brown stripes. The beetle’s main food is potato leaves – a single larva can eat 40 sq cm of leaf per day.

Colorado_potato_beetle_lgThe pretty yellow-and-black-striped Colorado potato beetle is native to wild Solanaceous plants of the semi-arid western United States. Colorado beetles are a serious pest of potatoes.. Both adults and larvae feed on foliage and may skeletonize the crop. . The problem with it began when the beetle broadened its gustatory interests to include cultivated plants in the same family, such as potato, eggplant, and tomato.

Going through the life cycle of the Colorado potato beetle, in late summer, Colorado potato beetles fly to nearby wooded areas and overwinter beneath bark or other cover. In mid-spring, they emerge and walk until they find potatoes or another suitable host plant. After a little light feeding, mated females lay clusters of orange eggs on leaf undersides. The eggs hatch about two weeks later, and the larvae feed for a couple of weeks before entering their pupal stage. In cool weather the entire life cycle can take 45 days or more, but 30 days is more typical. This means that a second generation can emerge at the perfect time to sabotage midseason potatoes.

kg26-colorado-potato-beetle-01_lgColorado potato beetle causes heavy monetary damages. The article named “Last Meal for Colorado potato  beetle?” in USA Agriculture department gives the estimate of the economic loss due to the species, “The pest’s larvae devour the leaves of eggplant, tomato and potato plants, causing $150 million annually in crop losses and chemical control expenses”

The problem of Colorado potato beetle is mentioned in yet another article,

Japanese Beetles Are Treating Colorado Gardens Like a Buffet

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ryan Hodnett.

Becky Talley 8/24/20

The irridescent, green-copper beetle is easy to spot. Getting rid of them on the other hand …

‘Tis the season for garden devastation and destruction, all at the seemingly insatiable appetite of a tiny beetle.

Enemy of the eggplant, lawbreaker of the lawn, scourge of the soil, bad guy of the backyard. You get the picture. Japanese beetles have made their annual appearance in Colorado gardens and are eating their way through their life cycle. It’s not hard to spot the beetle (they are actually kind of pretty) or their damage, which will leave lacey-looking holes on plant leaves—they are voracious consumers of hundreds of plant species, so basically everything is part of their buffet.

These invasive pests first came to the U.S. in the early 1900s, and they hitched a ride on nursery stock purchased from the Midwest in the early 1990s. They aren’t fans of dry conditions, but the lush, watered landscapes of urban areas in the state are the perfect breeding ground for beetle mania.

Some Growers Say Potato Beetle Becoming Intractable Problem

Anecdotal evidence suggests the Colorado potato beetle has increased its range in Estonia, and some farmers say the situation is dire, especially as the state declassified the colorful bug as a dangerous pest in 2011.

With potato fields flowering, ETV reported on one Saaremaa island field where the beetle had not been seen before, but which is experiencing a major infestation.

Officially, the farmers are advised to manually pluck the larvae and repeat every day, and only resort to pesticides for larger infestations.

There are some areas of Saaremaa where the beetle is well-established and can’t 220px-Potato_beetle_larvaeapparently be eradicated, farmers said.

Aadu Grepp, one farmer, said that beetles could be found on every fourth or fifth stalk in his fields.

“You have to spray with some toxin at the right time to get rid of it. In a couple days, it will eat a plant, leaving just a stalk.” He said it had been that bad for two or three years. “The bug hatches from the soil and and there’s nothing to do, the only cure is chemicals. There’s so many and it will return in a week or so.”

Grepp sprays his fields several times a year and said some Leisi growers had stopped planting potatoes.

The areas on Saaremaa affected tend to be on the coasts, as the adult beetle gets an assist from the wind. The biggest potato grower on the island, Guido Lindmäe, who has 22 hectares in the interior, says he yet to see a live beetle.

Opinions vary on whether the mainland is worse off. The Crop Research Institute’s Luule Tartlan says it is worse, while the Agricultural Board says that the potato beetle has ceased to be considered a dangerous pest as of 2011.

220px-Kartoffelkaefer_fg01eThe Colorado potato beetle have shifted from its original wild hosts in southwestern North America, it has spread throughout the rest of the continent and has invaded Europe and Asia. Currently its distribution covers approximately 14 million km2 around the world. It has also started appearing in central Asia, western China and Iran. They have started appearing in new regions because of heavy export from the infected area.

Insecticides are currently the main method of beetle control on commercial 78farms.Colorado potato beetle has a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Plants in the family Solanaceae, which are natural food sources for this insect, have high concentrations of rather toxic glycoalkaloids in their foliage. These toxins protect them from a wide range of herbivores. However, the Colorado potato beetles evolved an ability to overcome toxic defenses of its hosts. Apparently, this ability also allows them to adapt to a wide range of human-made poisons. Also, high beetle fecundity increases the probability that one of the numerous offspring mutates, just as buying 800 lottery tickets increases probability of getting a winning one compared to buying 8 lottery tickets.

Resistance mechanisms in the Colorado potato beetle are highly diverse even within a relatively narrow geographical area. Furthermore, the beetles show cross-resistance to organophosphates and carbamates, and multiple resistance to organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids.

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Brown marmorated stink bugs

 Brown mkarmorated bug 3Brown marmorated stink bug are sporadic pests of most deciduous tree fruits and can occasionally cause severe damage. The name stink bug comes from the insects’ habit of exuding a fluid, which has a strong and usually disagreeable odor, from glands between the legs.

The brown marmorated stink bug is an agricultural pest that can cause widespread damage to fruits and vegetable crops. In Japan it is a pest to soyabean and fruit crops. In the U.S., the brown marmorated stink bug feeds, beginning in late May or early June, on a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other host plants including peaches, apples, green beans, soybeans, cherries, raspberries and pears. It is a sucking insect, a “true bug” that uses its proboscis to pierce the host plant in order to feed.

This insect has done severe losses in some apple and peach orchards by damaging them.  Stink bugs also have been found feeding on blackberry, sweet corn, field corn and soyabeans.  In neighboring states, they have been observed damaging tomatoes, lima beans, and green peppers.

These insects can produce allergic reactions in some individuals who are sensitive to the bugs’ odor (an aeroallergen). These chemicals are produced by dorsal scent glands. Individuals sensitive to the odors of cockroaches and lady beetles are also affected by the stink bug.  Additionally, if the insects are crushed or smashed against exposed skin they have been reported to produce dermatitis at the point of contact.  This is particularly important regarding agricultural workers picking fruits and vegetables.

Since its arrival in the United States, it has caused millions of dollars of damage to several economically important crops, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, ornamentals and row crops. Additionally, it can be an extreme nuisance in and around buildings.

The article below would better explain the damage caused by these insects.

The brown marmorated stink bug is a new Florida pest
Muhammad Haseeb
Guest columnist
Notice the distinctive black and white bands on the antennae of this brown marmorated stink bug adult on a developing blackberry fruit.

Unfortunately, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is a new invasive pest in Florida. First specimens of the pest in Leon County were collected by scientists at the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida A&M University in June of this year on chestnut and persimmon trees. The pest was later confirmed by Susan E. Halbert of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Since its introduction into Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1990s, the pest has spread to at least 46 states. The species is native to Eastern Asia and can feed on over 300 different plants.

Brown mkarmorated bug 2Management options for this invasive insect are currently limited. Agricultural setting management relies on chemical control. Brown marmorated stink bug is susceptible to several widely used insecticides but they are ecologically harmful to both target and non-target species.  Leaching of these insecticides in the ground causes soil pollution and also reduces the fertility of the soil.

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Devastating locusts invasion

Locusts have probably been an enemy of man ever since he began to grow crops.

Locusts do damage by eating the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and growing-points, and also by breaking down trees because of their weight when they settle in masses, and sometimes even by spoiling plants with their excrete.

Large swarms of locusts can completely strip the foliage and stems of plants such as forbs and grasses. Some species consume a variety of plants, while others have a more specific diet. 

There are as many as 80 million locusts in a swarm. They wipe out massive areas and affect entire economies.

Locust swarms devour every crop in their path. Locusts eat plant material.

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.

Locusts wreak havoc on East African agriculture
  • CHARLIE MITCHELL
  • 19 AUGUST 2020

Each day, specialised pilots climb into planes and helicopters and take flight above Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. On the ground, experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government teams and farmers direct them towards the threat. Upon arrival, they spray gallons of pesticide in a desperate attempt to subdue the worst locust plague in decades. 

In recent months, teams have saved 600,000 hectares of vegetation and crops, says Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the FAO. That is equivalent to 1.2m tonnes of food, or sustenance for 8.2m people. “The efforts that have been achieved so far have had a very positive impact, yet it’s not enough,” he says. “We still have locust swarms.” 

According to the World Bank, the infestation will cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5bn this year, exacerbate food insecurity and send shockwaves through the economies of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and others. While the coronavirus captures the headlines, the insects are wreaking their own distinct form of havoc. 

Locusts in Penal village destroy crops

By Stacy Moore


Locusts rest on on a plant at Mendez Trace, Penal, yesterday. PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH

A plague of locusts has swept into the village of Mendez Trace in Penal, destroying hundreds of crops and plants. Residents said four days ago they started seeing the locusts on their crops and the numbers increased within a few hours.

“In a short time they destroyed hundreds of crops,” one resident said, adding that he had to run inside for cover,

But another man, who recently moved into the area, said, “Some of them even got inside our homes. We could not go outside.

These past few days were something else. This is the first time I have experienced something like this.”

Others said it was the second locust infestation within the last two years.

Usually, these locusts are trapped using net, or insecticides are spread on crops to kill them. But how feasible are these remedies? Are they even effective? Definitely not. So what measures can be taken to keep these locusts away from your plants?

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Intolerable hospital patients

Going to the hospital is already a stressful situation, and it can be even worse when you find out that you’ve been exposed to bed bugs there. 

A hospital, with the constant movement of patients, employees, staff, and visitors offers many opportunities for the introduction of bed bugs. 

The bedbug can live without blood — its food source — for up to 18 months. “Females can lay up to 4 eggs a day in hidden locations; up to 5 to 10 a week and up to 500 in her lifetime,” according to Eisenberg.

Sighting bedbugs in your hospital facility can affect the reputation and defame a brand.

Dealing with a possible bed bug infestation in a healthcare facility is a delicate situation. It must be made clear that a bed bug problem can happen to anyone and anywhere. Also, rectifying the situation is contingent on the cooperation of all parties. Help your employees, patients, and residents feel comforted by the fact that your healthcare facility has a bed bug control plan in place.

Mom says daughter’s room at Sacred Heart children’s hospital was crawling with bed bugs

Colin Warren-Hicks

A mother whose daughter with brain cancer was admitted to Ascension Sacred Heart late Thursday night says she and her daughter were both woken up in a hospital room around 3 a.m. by an uncomfortable sensation — itching. 

Clusters of bed bugs were crawling on the hospital bed, couch, recliner, down her own arms and across her daughter’s chest, Brandy Matt told the News Journal. And the bugs were biting, she said.

“I don’t want another family to come in here with a sick child and wind up getting them, too,” Matt said, explaining her decision to speak with the News Journal about her experience. “Considering everything that happened this past weekend, I feel frustration, anger, anxiety and depression.”

Mom says bedbugs found at Hendersonville hospital
  • Nancy Amons
  • October 22, 2019

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Bedbugs in a hospital room?

One mother, who just had a baby in a Sumner County hospital, said bedbugs bit her 11-year-old daughter in the hospital’s labor and delivery suite.

The mom said the suite had a couch on it and she said that’s where she saw the bedbugs that she said bit her daughter.

Jamie Turner had just given birth to her third child on Oct. 16 at TriStar Hendersonville Hospital. That’s where she said she took a picture of a bedbug crawling on her 11-year-old daughter. She said the girl was sleeping on the couch in the same room where she had just given birth.

“I thought it was very disgusting to see the bugs there, period,” said Turner. “I just had a baby and that’s one of the things you wouldn’t think of to run across, to have bedbugs in the room with a newborn baby.”

You can see bumps in her 11-year-old daughter’s face. There are marks on her arm too.

“She was complaining about itching,” said Turner.

With bed bugs come a multitude of business challenges, including employees and patients returning to their homes with bed bugs, cost of treatment and the impact bed bugs can have on your brand. Although bed bugs don’t transmit diseases to their victims, they can put patients at risk. The presence or even the suspicion of bed bugs can be very stressful. Bed bugs can also leave an itchy welt on their victims, which may become infected and pose a threat to sensitive patients. 

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Battling the lanternfly infestation!

Spotted lanternflies have been around for quite a few months and we had discussed certain solutions in one of our previous blogs.

Because spotted lanternfly, a phloem feeder, consumes large quantities of a plant’s sugary sap looking for nitrogen and amino acids, it expels large quantities of excess sugar (honeydew), that encourages the growth of black sooty mold. This mold is harmless to people, however it causes damage to plants.

A recent study says that:

Spotted lanternfly treatment poses threat to non-target wildlife species

by Samantha York

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) – A preventative measure used to stop the spotted lanternfly is now raising concerns among wildlife rehabilitators across Pennsylvania, especially in southeastern parts of the state.

Rehabilitators, like Centre Wildlife Care Executive Director Robyn Graboski, warn that while sticky bands are effective in catching the insect, they also pose a serious threat to non-target species, “It’s bad. It’s really bad. There’s already so much in the environment that’s detrimental to wildlife and our birds are declining in numbers. They do not need one more thing.”

She explains the treatment is becoming a trap for other wildlife, “The biggest problem that rehabilitators are seeing is, once these finders find these animals, they try to get the animals off themselves. That is not a good idea because you could pull feathers out, you could break skin, you could hurt the animals. Even little animals are coming in with broken bones.”

Trapping the insects or using some pesticides won’t help. Now, we no longer have to depend on conventional, toxic insecticides to deal with these pests!

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Leafminers chewing our Leaves- A Cause for Concern!

privet-leafminerWe have often come across leaves that look as if someone doodled squiggly lines on them. These squiggly lines are in fact the action of a species of insects known as leafminers. Not all leafminers zig-zag their way through leaves. They also cause damage in the form of a whitish transparent blotch. Blotchy leafminer damage is often mistaken for some type of disease. These insects infest plants and trees, which could make them unsightly and weak. As the larvae feed they consume the plant tissue leaving clear mines that, when they die, turn brown and crispy. Usually by the time the damage is observed, the larvae have already left the leaves and are pupating underground.

The damage done by these garden pests to our plants is easy to spot because of the “mines” created as the bugs chew inside the leaf. In some instances the leafminer will cause a light colored blotch on the leaf, in really bad cases the plant will look discolored and/or drop leaves. It is rare that leafminers do enough damage to kill a plant, what they destroy mostly is the aesthetic value of your ornamentals for a short period of time. Found in greenhouses, home gardens and landscaped areas across the country, leafminers are the larval (maggot) stage of an insect family that feeds between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves. On heavily infested plants it is not uncommon to find 6 or more maggots per leaf. Although damage can restrict plant growth, resulting in reduced yields and loss of vigor, healthy plants can tolerate considerable injury. Host plants include beans, blackberries, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, and a variety of ornamental flowers, trees and shrubs. And in the case of such vegetables grown for their leaves, like spinach, chard and beet greens, leafminers can mean a loss of a crop.

Leaf_miner_damageLeafminers are insects that have a habit of feeding within leave s or needles, producing tunneling injuries. Several kinds of insects have developed this habit, including larvae of moths, beetles, sawflies and flies. Most of these insects feed for their entire larval period within the leaf. Some will also pupate within the leaf mine, while others have larvae that cut their way out when full-grown to pupate in the soil. Injuries caused by leaf and needle mining insects can superficially resemble symptoms produced by leaf spotting fungi or other abiotic problems. They can be differentiated by pulling apart the blotchy area. If damaged by insects the leaf or needle will have a hollow area and may expose either the insect and/or its droppings. Leaf spotting fungi cause these areas to collapse, without any tunneling.

The article given below will further explain the damage caused by these leafminers.

Locust leaf miner cause of browning roadside trees

By Rebecca Finneran

Dramatic browning of black locust, a common roadside tree in the lower peninsula of Michigan is being caused by a small leaf-mining beetle (Odontota orsalis.)This small (one-eighth of an inch long), colorful beetle deposits eggs inside black locust leaves where the larvae feed, creating leaf mines that eventually turn the leaves brown. Heavy infestations cause entire trees or groups of trees to turn brown.

“If this has happened to trees on your property, don’t panic and cut them down,” says David Smitley of Michigan State University Extension. Late season browning or defoliation may weaken trees, but it rarely kills them.

Infestations tend to be every couple of years but one site in Grand Rapids, Michigan has had the damage nearly every year with no ill effect to the trees themselves. With a native range from Pennsylvania to Georgia, black locust is a very adaptable plant with dense hard wood that will survive even the toughest conditions. It can be easily found in Michigan and older stands can be quite beautiful when in bloom.

columbine leafminer 6_0Although injuries produced by leafmining insects can be unattractive, it is rare for them to significantly affect plant health. Also, most leafminers have important natural controls which normally check populations before too much injury is done to plants. Therefore we need a solution that helps protect our plants and trees from damage, while at the same time does not harm the environment in any way. So, how do we fight this pest?  Keep reading!

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The pink bollworm menace

The pink bollworm is an insect known for being a pest in cotton farming.

The pink bollworm is native to Asia but has become an invasive species in most of the world’s cotton-growing regions.

Pink bollworm larvae specifically target cotton and are difficult to control because this damaging stage is found inside the boll. The female moth lays eggs in a cotton boll, and when the larvae emerge from the eggs, they inflict damage through feeding. They chew through the cotton lint to feed on the seeds.

The National Cotton Council of the USA estimates that the pink bollworm costs American cotton producers more than US$32 million each year in control and yield losses.

News was reported that:

Pink bollworm threatenscotton crop in M’wada

Prasad Joshi  | TNN | Jul 28, 2020

Aurangabad: Pink bollworm has been found to have infested cotton crops in some parts of Marathwada, prompting the authorities concerned to ask farmers to use pheromone traps and pesticides.

The danger to the ‘cash crop’ from the pest ahead of likely bumper kharif season due to the good monsoon has left the farming community worried in Marathwada, which is known as the cotton cultivation belt.
Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani, has alerted the farmers against the attack of pink bollworm on the cotton crop.

‘Pink bollworm is out of control in India’

KV Kurmanath, Hyderabad | March 13, 2019 

That pink bollworm has developed resistance to Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab (or Bollgard-II) — the two biotech solutions currently available in India to tackle pink bollworm — is no news.

Virulent attack of the pest is destroying the fibre crop on lakhs of acres across the country, particularly in the West, Central and Southern parts.

An American pink bollworm expert says that it is impossible to tackle the menace with the current two Bt toxins being used in the country. “It has gone out of control. It’s too late. Too little,” he points out when asked about the likely control mechanisms.

“The two genes that are being used in India are now ineffective. The resistance is widespread. There is no way we can set the clock back if we use these two Bt toxins,” Bruce Tabashnik, Head of Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona, who studies pest resistance and has done extensive study on pink bollworm and its resistance to Bt toxins, told BusinessLine.

Along with the deficient rainfall, the pest has triggered concern among farmers, even as futures and spot prices of ginned cotton continue to rule firm. 

Pink bollworm resistance towards the insecticides is a major issue of concern. Preventative treatment that might be applied during the pre-bloom period is discouraged because this can destroy many beneficial forms that keep bollworms and other pests under control. What can be done to get rid of the bollworms?

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