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Mystery Bug Answers
Mystery Picture #23
The spotted cucumber beetle is a 1/4 inch long yellow-green insect with 12 black spots on its back. It overwinters as an adult in protected areas near buildings, in fence rows, or in wood lots. The adult feeds on foliage, pollen and flowers of cucumbers, muskmelons and watermelons. The larvae of this insect live in the soil and feed on plant stems and roots. This insect can be a serious economic concern because it carries bacteria in its gut that causes bacterial wilt of cucurbits (cucumbers, for example). The wilt disease causes plants to die almost overnight.
This photo was obtained from the CD: G.K. Douce, et al., 1995, Forest Insects and Their Damage Vol. I and II, Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin No. 383-December 1995, Southern Forest Insect Work Conference SERA-IEG-12. This is a copyrighted image. It may be copied and used, in whole or in part, for any non-profit educational purpose provided that all reproductions bear an appropriate copyright notice. Any commercial or other use of the images requires written permission of the SFIWC and the individual photographer or organization.
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