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8. Cabbage flea beetle: Phyllotreta cruciferae (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera)
Distribution and status:  Europe, USSR, North and South America, Australia, japan and India.
Host range:  Mustard, raya, taramira, toria, radish, turnip, cabbage, cauliflower, knoll-khol dahlia, sweet sultan, antirrhinum and sweet peas.
Damage symptoms
         Adult beetle feeds on the leaves by making round holes. The stem, flower and even pods may also be attacked. Decaying odour is emitted by the cabbage plants.

The female beetle lays 50-80 creamy white eggs singly in the soil around the host plants. Egg period 5 -10 days. The larva is dirty white in colour and 5mm in length. Larval period 9-15 days. Pupal period 2-4 days. Adult beetle is metallic blue with greenish hue. Beetle measures 1.8 -2.0 mm. There are 7-8 generations in a year.


Spray 2.5 kg of carbaryl 50 WP or 2 L of endosulfan 35 EC in 750 litres of water per ha.