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Red turnip beetle larva
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Red turnip beetle larva
Entomoscelis americana
Size: Up to ½ inch long

Where/When: The larva feeds on the leaves, stems, and flowers of vegetable plants and weeds from the mustard family such as cabbages, turnips, flixweed, shepherd's-purse, and wild mustard, as well as on strawberries, dandelion, beans, and potatoes. The larva is active from April to May or early June.

Significance: Heavy feeding by both larvae and adults due to high numbers may stunt or even kill plants, particularly young seedlings and transplants.
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