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Jerseyman
May 28, 2016 7:12 AM CST
First year having a garden ..seems to be some kind d of bug eating potatoes, eggplant and Tomato leaves .only have stuff in ground less then a week ...can anyone identify and give me a remedy ...much appreciated
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 28, 2016 7:21 AM CST
It's a tortoise beetle:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/128390/bgimage

If there aren't hoards of them can you pick them up and squish them or drop them into soapy water?

Edit: Forgot to say welcome to NGA!
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Jerseyman
May 28, 2016 7:33 AM CST
Plants came from Michigan .. first time I ever seen here in jersey.. Thank you.. was looking on line for over an hour to find out what this was ..to get a reply back so quick is amazing
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
May 28, 2016 7:37 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. I recognized the shape - we have a problem with golden tortoise beetles here on sweet potato and morning glories so I figured it must be a relative and checked for other species, found that one on Bugguide. The golden one is actually very pretty even if it does pepper the leaves with holes! It probably doesn't have much impact on the plant, just makes them look less esthetic.

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