on Solanum carolinense
First of the year. Almost two weeks later than normal.
Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: May 31, 2008
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Eating nightshade plant
The Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), also known as the Colorado beetle, the ten-striped spearman, the ten-lined potato beetle or the potato bug, is an important pest of potato crops. It is approximately 10 millimetres (0.39 in) long, with a bright yellow/orange body and five bold brown stripes along the length of each of its elytra. It can easily be confused with its close cousin and look-alike, the false potato beetle.