Do Ladybugs Control Colorado Potato Beetles?

| 6/25/2010 3:21:03 PM

A photo of Shannon SaiaLast year, my first year growing potatoes, I had a big problem with Colorado Potato Beetles.

This may have been because the first time that I saw them, I was captivated. I mean, they’re beautiful insects. I noticed them, I admired them, I watched them a little, and then I went off, leaving them to their business.

Colorado potato beetle on leaf 

Big mistake.

Because not too long afterwards, when I was out inspecting, there were not only adult beetles, but this.

Colorado potato beetle larvae eating leaf 

Michael Castaneda
9/30/2012 1:44:53 AM

Thank you for this, you really helped me with some questions I had.

Paul Gardener
6/28/2010 5:50:25 PM

Shannon, That's awesome! I've never had a problem with Potato beetles, and over the last two years my potato patch has been much larger than in past years. - I have 75-80 plants - I've been watching carefully because I figure growing that many plants should attract some of them but it hasn't. Now I may know why. We always have wild sunflowers that grow intermingled with our potatoes. These attract aphids, and with those aphids, we get Lady beetles. Last year we had thousands aroung the garden I think. That must be helping I think. Thanks for the great info and very good pics too. I'll make sure to thank the ladies as well! Paul~

S.M.R. Saia
6/26/2010 6:24:11 AM

Thanks N. Dave! Good luck with those potatoes!