Common asparagus beetle

The common asparagus beetle can cause great damage in asparagus plants.

Also known as:
Asparagus beetle

recognize bugs in asparagus
Common asparagus beetle, photo: Keith Edkins - CC BY-SA 2.0

Common asparagus beetle(Crioceris asparagi) The 6 mm beetles belong to the leaf beetles and live on the leaves and stems of asparagus. Two generations per year, the last one overwinters.

Affected plants

Control

Hold a bucket under the plants and shake the asparagus plants: the beetles will startle and drop into the bucket.

Prevention

Parasitic wasps (i.e. Tetrastichus coeruleus) hunt common asparagus beetles.

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