Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Sweetpotato flea beetle (096)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. On sweetpotato, most probably water spinach (kangkong), and wild Ipomoea types in the morning glory family. A minor pest.
  • Adult beetles makes irregular feeding marks as they scape the leaf surface.
  • Eggs laid in soil at base of vines; larvae feed on the roots, with some types (in the USA) making trails over the storage roots, which cause splitting.
  • Cultural control: select healthy cuttings; avoid overlapping crops; avoid planting consecutive crops in the same land as eggs, larvae and pupae may still be in the soil.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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