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New on Featured Creatures! Spotted cucumber beetle, by Gill, Goyal and Gillett-Kaufman.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber, is a major agricultural pest of North America. Another name for the spotted cucumber beetle is “southern corn rootworm” (Bessin 2010). Many Diabrotica species cause damage to field crops, especially corn (Zea mays L.), making these beetles a major agricultural concern. Because of the subterranean nature of their larvae, these insects are hard and expensive to control (Krysan and Miller 1986).

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The spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber. Photograph by James Castner, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida.

Authors: Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida

Read more at: http://entomology.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/spotted_cucumber_beetle.htm