Know Your Larvae

Would you recognize the larvae of these good and bad bugs?

By Jessica Walliser

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Bad Bug: Colorado Potato Beetle

Colorado Potato Beetle adult and larvaLarvae and adults of this pest graze on potato plants, quickly defoliating them. The larvae are reddish orange grubs with black heads and several black dots along their sides. They have three pairs of legs in front of their rounded abdomens.

Photos
Adult: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
Larva: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

 
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