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plevenite
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:18 am 
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I was weeding one of my spud patches today when I noticed that the spud leaves are covered in colorado beetle larvae.

Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what did you do?
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:19 pm 
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Happened me a couple of years back. I spent a day just individually removing them by hand and then kept a check for any I missed.  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Colorado beetles these blighters are having a feast this year due to the weather conditions, we removed another load today from our potato plants but we hold out little hope for a decent crop, however all is not lost........we have been informed of a way that helps prevent them. The females lay orange/yellow eggs on the undersides of the leaves, after hatching the larvae can feed on the leaves for @ month. When mature these voracious eaters drop to the soil emerging as adults (they are actually a nice looking beetle when at this stage) so the trick is to remove them and to stop them getting into the soil, Method? Simple line the trenches between the potato rows with plastic to trap any that you miss picking off by hand, so they cannot get to the soil, simple but effective so guess what we will be doing next year! Unfortunately they can produce three generations each year not a pleasant thought.  
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I got an insecticide from the village shop. That seems to have done the job.  
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I got an insecticide from the village shop. That seems to have done the job.


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I have seen a few more of them, so have sprayed again. I shall just keep doing that until they are no longer visible.  
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