What's eating my butterbeans????

wilkili_ga(7)August 9, 2008


This is my first year doing a SFG, and I haven't been very successful. The only crop that has been doing well is my butter beans, but I've been finding these on them:

Can anyone identify this and tell me how to get rid of them? I've sprayed with insecticidal soap, but I'm still finding them on a daily basis. Help!!!!


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It is a ("Larva of the bean leafroller, Urbanus proteus (Linnaeus)

Use "Malathion" on him/her....will not come back for sure.

See link below. I hope this helps.


Here is a link that might be useful: Bean Leafrollers

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 7:43AM
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Thanks Krintis!!! I'm starting to see new smaller ones, so I guess more eggs have hatched. The link you sent was very helpful. It sounds like my plants will be ok. The damage so far is less than 30%. Next year I'll know to start spraying as soon as I see the little nibble marks in the leaves :)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 1:32PM
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Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! LOL. Glad you've got some advice! All I can do for you is shiver.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 11:26PM
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Yes they are very creepy looking. When you squish them their innards are green and slimy looking, like something out of some alien autopsy movie...Eeeek! At least now I know what they are and how to get rid of them!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 8:36PM
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