Hey Buggy Joe!! What is that?? - Tortoise Beetle


oth the adults and larvae consume the upper or lower leaf epidermis and leaf mesophyll leaving behind the epidermis on the opposite side of their feeding site.  Feeding damage first appears as irregularly shaped depressions with one leaf epidermis still intact producing what looks like a windowpane.  Eventually, the intact epidermis dries and drops from the leaf to produce holes.

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