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Colorado Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata


Short description of Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Colorado Beetle

Colorado potato beetleis a distinctive yellow beetle with ten longitudinal stripes on the wing cases. Adults are up to 11mm in length. This species is a highly destructive notifiable quarantine pest of potato (plus tomato and peppers), with the potential to greatly reduce yields. 

Description of Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Colorado Beetle status in GB

Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been eradicated. Widespread in continental Europe. In GB most commonly intercepted in spring or early summer from Europe on plant produce (e.g. salad vegetables, potatoes, parsley).

Habitat summary: Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Colorado Beetle

In its introduced range Colorado potato beetle inhabits arable land and cultivated gardens and parks. In addition to crop species (particularly potato), the species can live on other (wild-growing) plants in the family Solanaceae as a refuge. In its native range the species is found in broadleaved deciduous woodland.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Northwestern U.S.A., Mexico
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Location of first record: Liverpool Docks
Date of first record: 1877

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Colorado Beetle

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Peter Brown

Last updated:

October 2nd 2019

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