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The cabbage looper outbreak continues, with trap counts averaging 1000 times higher than normal. Yes, you read that right.
12-spot beetles. You see ’em, you know ’em, but did you know they can be devastating underground pests? The pictures below were taken this week on spinach for seed and seedling spinach (yes, there’s a difference).
As adults, beetles chew on foliage, flowers, fruit, corn silks, etc.
As larvae, grubs chew on and tunnel through roots.
For more info about 12-spots, click here; or branch out a bit and learn about the whole rootworm complex that plagues regional growers and gardeners.
Over the past few days, I have seen 300+ cabbage looper moths in traps next to fields that aren’t even out of the ground yet, and been texted twice about flea beetle damage. It seems it will be a busy year for brassica pests!
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