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Colorado potato beetle

Colarado Potato Beetle
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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Leptinotarsa decemlineata
The Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Chrysomelidae) has also been known as the ten striped spearman and the ten-lined potato beetle. It is very easy to spot out one of these beetles. It is about 10-11 mm. The bright orange/red/brown body coloration with huge black spots are extremely helpful to identify it even more. Despite the name, this beetle is not native to Colorado.

Leptinotarsa can lay up to 800 eggs at a time. The eggs required about 4- 5 days to hatch and turn into larvae. This stage has four unique steps and last around 21 days. Most of the time you can find these eggs on the side of the potato leaves. These insects have been a huge pest problem for farmers. They have known to destroy miles and miles of potatoes. Even worse, these beetles have up to three generations a year.

If you want to see these creature be sure to catch them in the spring and summer. After the month of September or later, the beetles begin their hibernation 40 cm deep in the ground. You can also catch them after rain.