Because our potato crop is nearby, we wanted to take care of the problem right away. We put on gloves and scraped the larvae into a bucket of soapy water. Problem solved.
If you’re growing potato-family crops, watch for these pests, which can be found on potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos.
Adult Colorado potato beetle.
Colorado potato beetle eggs on the underside of a leaf.
Look for the larvae and adult beetles, but also check under the leaves for tiny yellow-orange eggs, which you can crush. If you get the eggs, there’ll be no larvae, no beetles. The adult beetles are about 1/4 inch long, with yellow-orange bodies that have black stripes on the wings and black spots just behind the head. Control them by hand-picking, tossing them into a jar of soapy water.