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Pests of Vegetables

List developed from: Vegetable Insect Management With Emphasis on the Midwest , edited by: R. Foster and B. Flood, Meister Pub. Co., Purdue Univ., 1995. Insect Pests sheets (Pest Management Aids Number 1 through 11), University of Maryland, 1986.

Sweet Corn

Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Wireworm Coleoptera: Elateridae
White grub Coleoptera: Scarabiidae
Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn flea beetle Chaetocnema pulicaria Melsheimer Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
True armyworm Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn earworm (tomato fruitworm) Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Dusky sap beetle Carpophilus lugubris Murray Coleoptera: Nitidulidae
Japanese beetle Popilia japonica Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
Northern corn rootworm Diabrotica barberi Smith Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle
(Southern corn rootworm)
Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi Barber Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Western corn rootworm Diabrotica virgifera LeConte Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae

Tomato (T), Pepper (P) and Eggplant (E)

Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Potato flea beetle (T) Epitrix cucumeris (Harris) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Eggplant flea beetle Epitrix fuscula Crotch Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Pale-striped flea beetle (P) Systena blanda Melsheimer Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Two spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch Acarina
Whitefly Homoptera: Aleyrodidae
Green peach aphid (E, P) Myzus persicae (Sulzer) Homoptera: Aphidae
Potato aphid (T) Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas) Homoptera: Aphidae
Colorado potato beetle (T, E) Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta (L.) Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato hornworm Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth) Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato fruitworm (corn earworm) Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Variegated cutworm Peridroma saucia (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
European corn borer (P) Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Pepper maggot (P, E) Zonosemata electa (Say) Diptera: Tephritidae
Stink bug (T) Heteroptera: Pentatomidae
Tarnished plant bug (P) Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias) Heteroptera: Miridae

Bean and Pea

Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) Homoptera: Aphididae
Alfalfa caterpillar Colias eurytheme Boisduval Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Potato leafhopper Empoasca fabae (Harris) Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Two spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch Acarina
European corn borer (Snap bean) Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Corn earworm (Snap bean) Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Green cloverworm Plathypena scabra (F.) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Bean aphid Aphis fabae Scopoli Homoptera: Aphididae
Bean leaf beetle Cerotoma trifurcata (Forster) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Mexican bean beetle Epilachna varivestis Mulsant Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
Corn earworm (Lima bean) Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

Cabbage and Related Crops

Onion thrips Thrips tabaci Lindeman Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Flower thrips Frankliniella tritici (Fitch) Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Striped flea beetle Phyllotreta striolata (F.) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Cabbage flea beetle Phyllotreta cruciferae Goeze Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Green peach aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer) Homoptera: Aphidae
Turnip aphid Lipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach) Homoptera: Aphidae
Cabbage aphid Brevicoryne brassicae (L.) Homoptera: Aphidae
Cabbage maggot Delia radicum (L.) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Imported cabbageworm Pieris rapae (L.) Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Diamondback moth Plutella xylostella (L.) Lepidoptera: Plutellidae
Cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cross-striped cabbageworm Evergestos ro,psa;os (Guenee) Lepidoptera: Pyralidae

 

Cucurbits

Striped cucumber beetle Acalymma vittata (F.) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi Barber Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Squash vine borer Melittia cucurbitae (Harris) Lepidoptera: Sesiidae
Two spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch Acarina
Melon aphid Homoptera: Aphidae
Squash bug Anasa tristis (DeGeer) Heteroptera: Coreidae
Cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

Sweet Potato (SP), Asparagus (A), and Onion (O)

Golden tortoise beetle (SP) Metriona bicolor (F.) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Wireworm (SP) Coleoptera: Elateridae
Pale-striped flea beetle (SP) Systena blanda Melsheimer Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle (SP) Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi Barber Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Sweet potato flea beetle (SP) Systena spp. Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
White grubs (SP) Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
Cutworm (SP) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Striped asparagus beetle (A) Crioceris asparagi (L) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted asparagus beetle (A) Crioceris duodecimpunctata (L) Coleopteran: Chrysomelidae
Asparagus miners (A) Ophiomyia simplex (Loew) Diptera: Agromyzidae
Asparagus aphids (A) Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko) Homoptera: Aphidae
Onion maggot (O) Delia antique (Meigen) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Onion thrips (O) Thrips tabaci Lindeman Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Black cutworm (O) Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

Spinach (S), Lettuce (L), Carrots (C) and Related Crops

Green peach aphids Myzus persicae (Sulzer) Homoptera: Aphidae
Vegetable leafminer Liriomyza sativae Blanchard Diptera: Agromyzidae
Spinach leafminer Pegomya hyoscyami (Panzer) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Spinach flea beetle Disonycha xanthomelas (Dalman) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Pale-striped flea beetle Systena blanda Melsheimer Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Aster (six-spotted) leafhopper Macrosteles quadrilineatus Forbes Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Tarnished plant bug Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias) Heteroptera: Miridae
Corn earworm Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Beet armyworm Spodoptera exigua (Hubner) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Spotted cucumber beetle Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi Barber Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Cutworm Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Carrot weevil Listronotus oregonensis (LeConte) Coleoptera: Curculionidae

 

Potato

Hornworm Manduca spp. Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Potato aphid Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas) Homoptera: Aphidae
Green peach aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer) Homoptera: Aphidae
Flea beetle Epitrix spp. Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Two spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch Acarina
Potato leafhopper Empoasca fabae (Harris) Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Potato tuberworm Pthorimaea operculella Lepidoptera:
Wireworm Coleoptera: Elateridae
Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen) Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Blister beetle Epicauta spp. Coleoptera:

Authored by: Shelby Fleischer, Associate Professor

Last updated January 2001

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