Division of Arthropods

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Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Photo by D.C. Lightfoot

Hexapoda, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Diabrotica undecimpunctata

Description: Small oval yellow-green beetle with black spots on the wing covers, females and males look similar. No similar looking spotted beetle in New Mexico.

Geographic Distribution: Throughout New Mexico. Native.

Habitats: Yards, gardens and open areas with herbaceous plants and flowers. Adults live and feed on the leaves and flowers of many herbaceous plants. Larvae live in the soil and feed on plant roots.

Biology: Adults occur throughout the summer, larvae are present on plant roots during the summer.

Health/pest Status: Pests of many garden plants. The adults eat leaves and flowers of beans, corn, cucumbers, squash, etc.