Well, they're back. Every year these mysterious beetles attck my potatoe plants. The photo is not high quality, but can anyone tell me what these creatures are and how do I to get rid of them. These guys like eating the potatoe leaves, but they don't bother the actual potatoes themselves. Should I be concerned? I usually just pick off as many as I can when I'm out in the garden, then I send them sailing over the fence,(I'm sure they come back eventually). They don't seem to be doing too much damage, but they still bother me. These two seem to be in a passionate embrace..either they've done the deed or the're getting ready to. BTW: their babies are really ugly!!
May 16, 2009 | 5:52 AM PST
Potato Beetle-Maybe Colorado potato beetle? Hand pick and drown if just a few-or treat with BT or Neem spray I just read about these last night going through one of my gardening books!
May 16, 2009 | 8:16 AM PST
Carolyn has correctly identified the little boogers. Don't toss them. They reproduce like crazy. Either crush them or drop them into a can with a little gasoline in the bottom. It's important to crush the egg mass on the underside of the leaves. I use latex gloves.
May 16, 2009 | 10:22 AM PST
My neighbor, up the road, starts picking them off early. They will multiply fast and then you have a very big problem. I would do as Carolyn suggest, get a spray.