What’s eating my potato vine?

Discussion in 'Plant Pests, Diseases and Weeds' started by Ronni, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. Ronni

    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    These are part of the display in
    my container plants. I can’t find a bug or snail anywhere. But there’s a lacy pattern of holes on two of the three plants

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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I did some research Ronni and it looks like you may have golden tortoise beetles eating your plants.

    "These small (1/4”) brightly coloured beetles are sometimes confused with ladybugs. Most species aren’t really pests and even though the Golden Tortoise Beetle feeds on young sweet potato plants, it rarely does enough damage to worry about. It is usually controlled by natural predators."

    Source: https://www.smartgardener.com/plants/1084-sweet-potato-georgia-jet/pests/839-tortoise-beetle
     
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