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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Coleoptera
Genus  Leptinotarsa
Higher classification  Leptinotarsa
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Chrysomelidae
Scientific name  Leptinotarsa juncta
Rank  Species
False potato beetle Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say
Similar  Beetle, Leptinotarsa, Insect, Leaf beetle, Lebia grandis

False potato beetle


The false potato beetle (Leptinotarsa juncta) is a beetle found primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the United States. Its distribution extends to Ohio and New Jersey.

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Adult beetles emerge from the soil in the late spring or early summer and begin breeding, and a population may go through one to three generations in a summer.

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The false potato beetle feeds on solanaceous weeds such as horsenettle, Solanum carolinense. It also feeds on other solanaceous plants, such as species of ground cherry or husk tomato, Physalis spp., and bittersweet, Solanum dulcamara, but no growth and reproduction occurs when feeding on the potato, Solanum tuberosum.

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L. juncta can be easily confused with its close cousin the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. While the adult false potato beetle has alternating black and white strips on its back, just like the Colorado potato beetle, one of the white strips in the center of each wing cover is missing and replaced by a light brown strip. The eggs are slightly larger and fewer are found in a cluster. The hump-backed larva is similar, but with only one row of dark spots on each side. The two species are apparently incapable of crossbreeding. Of the two, only the Colorado potato beetle is a serious pest.

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