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Southern Corn Leaf Beetle

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Southern Corn Leaf Beetle


Southern Corn Leaf Beetle 3/16- to 1/5-inch long. Adults are drab in color, grayish to brownish, and may be covered with soil particles. These insects fall readily to the ground when disturbed.


Southern Corn Leaf Beetle

Southern Corn Leaf Beetle

Habitat: When disturbed it readily drops to the ground. The beetle attacks young seedling by feeding on the leaf margins and chewing into the side of the stem.


Life Cycle:  Females lay eggs in clusters of 10 to 50 in weed debris or in the soil at the bases of corn plants. In a week to 10 days, the larvae hatch and begin to feed on corn roots. The larval period lasts for approximately 10 weeks and occurs from early May until mid-July in the central portion of the Corn Belt. Adults emerge from the soil beginning in mid-July and after a limited feeding period.


Southern Corn Leaf Beetle Damage

Southern Corn Leaf Beetle Damage

Damage: Southern Corn Leaf Beetle adults feed on stem and leaf tissues of seedling corn plants. Injured corn plants are ragged because of the notched out leaves. If sufficient numbers of southern corn leaf beetle adults are present, seedling corn plants can be killed. Some entomologists have suggested that southern corn leaf beetle injury has often been misdiagnosed as cutworm injury. This may be especially true with respect to stem-feeding injur.


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