Blueberry Flea Beetle


Blueberry Flea Beetle larvae are dark brown, 0.1 inch to 0.4 inch in length, and have three pairs of legs. Pupae are yellow-orange in color and are generally found 0.5 inch deep in the soil. Adults are less than 0.25 inch in length, oval shaped, and a shiny copper bronze or metallic blue in color.

Facts:
Blueberry flea beetle eggs and, possibly, adults overwinter in the leaf litter of blueberry fields.
Adults mate and lay up to 200 eggs per female.
Eggs are very small and orange in color.
Egg hatch coincides with leaf bud opening.
Larvae migrate to the foliage and feed on blossoms and leaf margins, giving the leaves a notched appearance.
The larval stage takes 9 to 20 days to complete.
Fully grown larvae fall to the soil and pupate.
The blueberry flea beetle has several generations per year in the southern United States.

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