Arthropod natural enemies of the Colorado potato beetle

J. A. Hough-Goldstein, G. E. Heimpel, H. E. Bechmann, C. E. Mason

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Mites, phalangids, spiders and insects have been studied as potential biological control agents of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say). Insects include lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), predatory stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae, subfamily Asopinae), parasitic flies (Diptera: Tachinidae), predatory beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinelidae, Cicinilidae, Staphylinidae and Carabidae) and parasitic and predatory Hymenoptera. Both augmentative release and conservation of natural enemies are likely to increase in importance in Colorado potato beetle management, as broad-spectrum insecticides are replaced by more selective materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-334
Number of pages11
JournalCrop Protection
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1993


  • Colorado potato beetle
  • Leptinotarsa decemlineata
  • biological control
  • natural enemies
  • parasites
  • predators

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