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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 7:05 am 
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What can I do about these small metallic green bugs? They are eating our
butterfly bush at a very rapid pace. There must be hundreds of the little
monsters.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:19 am 
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Sounds like flea beetles. They look black, but in the sun do have a dark green metallic look to them. Check out the link below and see if that's what it looks like.

http://www.ent.iastate.edu/imagegal/col ... eetle.html

Here's also some information on organic control for the little beast..

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/fleabeetle.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:31 am 
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One more thing..since the flea beetle larva are in the soil, beneficial nematodes would help control the next generation from emerging.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 8:22 am 
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Are you sure they are not japanese beetles? They have few predators so I just hand pick them (with gloves) and toss them in a bucket of soapy water. I might be crazy but to me this is fun :lol:


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