tobacco flea beetle (Epitrix hirtipennis ) on burley tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (burley type)) - 1440103

tobacco flea beetle
Epitrix hirtipennis (Melsheimer, 1847)

Host: burley tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.)
Descriptor: Adult(s)
Description: Tobacco flea beetles, are major pests of tobacco. The are brownish black beetles about 1/16-inch long. Feeding by adults gives leaves a characteristic shot-hole appearance. They attack plants in the seedbeds almost as soon as they come up, often ruining entire plant beds. After transplanting, beetles become continue chewing holes into the leaves until the crop is harvested, weakening the plants and decreasing the value of the leaves. Heavy feeding on newly-set plants may cause stunting, resulting in uneven stands. The white, larvae burrow into the soil and feed on the roots of tobacco, cutting off the small roots and sometimes tunneling into the stalk.
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Image location: United States

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Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States

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