Blister Beetles

Hosts: Peanuts, alfalfa, tomatoes, nightshade, etc.
Symptoms: Initially chew on blooms then move to foliage ragging it like the defoliating caterpillars; however, these are highly mobile insects that may not be present when you notice the damage.
Description: Adults range from 1/2 to 1 inch long and have a characteristic narrow, elongate, soft body with a head wider than the pronotum. The flexible wing covers are rounded over the abdomen. Colors vary with species and range from black to gray to brown, some with conspicuous orange stripes or other patterns.
Control: Please contact your local county extension office for current information.
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