Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

Photograph taken by on Saturday, September 10, 2016
Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

I was out looking for things to photograph today and happened to see a small, pink moth. It was only about 9mm long and I managed to get some reasonable pictures of it. I believe it’s a Pyrausta inornatalis, although the literature doesn’t mention it being here in Maryland. I’ve posted a picture to BugGuide to check my identification. In the meantime, here’s one I can identify. While I was down on the ground photographing the moth, I noticed this little beetle. it’s about the same length as the moth, under 10mm in length (not counting its antenae) but quite brightly colored. As the title of this post says, this is a spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata). This is a major pest of many field crops including cucumbers and other squashes, corn, and soy.

One Response to Diabrotica undecimpunctata (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

  1. HannaH

    Some of my kiddies call these “yellow lady bugs,” and all I knew was that that was not their “name.” Now I know what it is. Thanks!