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Spinach flea beetle
Whitney Cranshaw, CSU, Bugwood.org
Description: 1/5 inch long. Oval-shaped, black wing covers with orange thorax (area behind head).
Where/When: Feeds on spinach and beets. Active from May through June and August into October.
Significance: Causes feeding damage (small, round, irregular holes) primarily to foliage. Low to moderate numbers usually do not impact plant health. High numbers can result in wilted and stunted plants.
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