Several species. Adults: Dark gray snout beetles, white hairs covering back, light band along the side of the body; 1/2 inch long. Larvae: Yellowish white, curved, legless, fleshy. Up to 1/2 inch long.
Potato, turnip, peanut, cabbage, collards, sweet corn, strawberry, and blackberry.
Larvae feed on roots and tubers of potato and turnip.
Southeastern United States; infestations localized. White fringed beetle is no longer regulated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Clean cultivation should serve as an effective aid in managing white-fringed beetles. Plant oats or other small grains in the infested soil as this insect does not do well on this crop. Follow a rotation in which summer legumes are only planted in the area every three or four years.
No organic/biological control for white-fringed beetles is known at this time.
Work a granular insecticide into the soil at planting time. Or, for control of adults, spray foliage with insecticide registered for use on the host plant in need of protection.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
April 25, 2011