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Potato flea beetle

Epitrix cucumeris

Potato flea beetle

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Potato flea beetle

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/16 inch long

Description: Oval-shaped, dark brown to black body (It can be hard to distinguish similarly colored flea beetles).

Where/When: Feeds on tomato, potato, and other Solanaceae. Active from May through June and August through September.

Significance: Causes feeding damage (small, round, irregular holes) primarily to foliage. Low to moderate numbers usually do not impact plant health. High numbers can result in wilted and stunted plants.

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