View of a Colorado beetle feeding on a leaf

View of a Colorado beetle feeding on a leaf

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Caption: Colorado beetle. View of a Colorado beetle (top, Leptinotarsa decemlineata) and its larva (bottom) feeding on a leaf. This beetle lives on potato plants, tomato plants and aubergine among others. A female Colorado beetle lays 300-800 eggs on a host plant (often a potato plant), the larva feeds on the leaves of the host plant as it grows. An individual larva can consume 40 square centimetres a day. The Colorado beetle is remarkably good at developing resistance to chemicals used against it. It has consequently become a major threat to potato crops world-wide.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, colarodo, colorado, colorado beetle, feeding, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, leaf, leptinotarsa decemlineata, nature, pest, potato blight, wildlife, zoology

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