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Incredible Diversity of Critters on Eggplant Crop

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Plant-Feeding Insects

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False potato beetle

False potato beetle (Leptinotarsa juncta) adult. This species closely resembles the Colorado potato beetle but on the false potato beetle the second vitta (black stripe) on the elytron is shorter than the others and does not reach the base. Photo by Debbie Roos.

False potato beetle larva

False potato beetle larva. The false potato beetle larva is nearly white and has only one row of black spots, unlike the Colorado potato beetle larva which is red with two rows of black spots. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Broadheaded plant bug

Broadheaded plant bug (Alydus eurinus). Not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Southern armyworm

Southern armyworm (Spodoptera eridania). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Fall webworm

Fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea). Not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spotted cucumber beetle

Spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Honeylocust treehopper

Honeylocust treehopper (Micrutalis calva). Not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper (Melanoplus differntialis). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Green stink bug

Green stink bug (Chinavia halaris) nymph (left) and adult. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Leaffooted bug

Leaffooted bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus). Photo by Debbie Roos.

Leaffooted bug nymphs

Leaffooted bug nymphs. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Seed bug

Seed bug (Rhyparochromidae). Not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Rice stink bug

Rice stink bug (Oebalus pugnax). The rice stink bug feeds on grasses and was likely feeding on nearby grassy weeds. Note the white egg at the edge of the scutellum – this is the egg of a parasitic tachinid fly. The rice stink bug is not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Ornate plant bug

Ornate plant bug (Reuteroscopus ornatus). Not a significant eggplant pest. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tomato hornworm

Tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata). Photo by Debbie Roos.

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