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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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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Chrysomeloidea
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Galerucinae
Tribe: Alticini
Genus: Epitrix
Subject: Epitrix hirtipennis (Melsheimer, 1847)


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Thursday, May 19, 2011