Know Your Larvae

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

By Jessica Walliser


Bad Bug: Asparagus Beetle

Asparagus Beetle adult and larvaAdult beetles feed on emerging asparagus spears, while the larvae chomp on the ferns, causing dead spots and decreased plant vigor. The grublike larvae are army green with small black heads and measure up to 1/4 inch in length.

Photos: Adult & Larva: Clemson University,USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series,