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Flea beetle
Cabbage Flea Beetle.jpg
Adults and associated damage on cabbage
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Galerucinae
Tribe: Alticini

The Flea beetle is of the Chrysomelidae family. It is at its most troublesome between April and May during warm settled weather.

Symptoms[]

Attacks on leaves result in small, round holes which will affect growth and can kill seedlings. If disturbed; the beetles will jump.

Treatment[]

Organic[]

Insecticidal soap may provide partial control. Garlic sprays, garlic extracts, onion and mint may all act as natural repellants.[1]

Chemical[]

Pesticides include neem, rotenone, pyrethrin and sabadilla.

Prevention[]

Treating seed with an insecticidal seed dressing before sowing will prevent an early attack.[2]

Examples[]

References[]

  1. Kuepper, G. (2003). "Flea Beetle: Organic Control Options". "National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  2. Hessayon. D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. ISBN 9780903505468.
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