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Carpe8dm
Jun 13, 2017 6:36 AM CST
Please help. I have found several of the bugs on my potato plants and several holes. They are very hard like a pebble but do fly, I've been unable to determine what it is and how to stop it. I'm in northeastern Pa. my potato plant is near forsythia bushes and bird feeders
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 13, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Welcome!

Looks like a clavate tortoise beetle:

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

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2017 9:12 AM CST
I think that is the most bizarre insect! I see it has been found in AZ but I've never seen one and I think I'd notice that one. Thanks, Sue! Your help is always quick, accurate, and very appreciated.
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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
Jun 13, 2017 9:18 AM CST
Thanks, Karen. I became familiar with tortoise beetles when I finally figured out what was causing holes every year in ornamental sweet potatoes here. Not the same species though, the sweet potato one is golden and quite pretty (for a beetle Hilarious! ) but they're the same basic shape.

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