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Crioceris asparagi (Linnaeus, 1758) - (common asparagus beetle)
The beetle attacks asparagus in Europe and North America. Outbreaks might develop resulting in defoliation and corresponding yield losses. It is native to Europe and temperate parts of Asia but has been introduced into several other countries, e.g. into North America around 1860.
Larvae and adults feed on asparagus leaves. Mature larvae drop to the ground and pupate in the soil. There are 2-3 generations per year. The species can be readily identified by its bright colouration which apparently indicates that it is not readily eaten by birds.
For a review see Morrison and Szendrei (2014).
|• English:||common asparagus beetle|
|• Español:||escarabajo del espárrago|
|• Français:||criocère de l'asperge|