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Spotted asparagus beetle
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN Spotted asparagus beetle
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN

Spotted asparagus beetle
Crioceris duodecimpunctata
Size: 1/4 inch long

Where/When: Feeds on asparagus spears and ferns. They are present from late May until late July.

Significance: Small numbers are usually not injurious. Larger numbers can brown asparagus spears, distort growth, and make asparagus unpalatable due to eggs laid on spears.
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