Brown flea beetle

Brown flea beetles are small, shining, metallic beetles of the subfamily Halticinae, known for their jumping ability. The adults are 2 mm long and shiny brown. They attack seedling cotton and cause linear surface feeding patterns particularly on the cotyledons. Occasionally infestations of this flea beetle are so large that control measures are needed to prevent desiccation of the seedlings.


  • Treat the seed with a recommended seed treatment (Guardian)

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Guardian provides control of a variety of insect pests in a range of crops and the prevention of spread of barley yellow dwarf virus in cereal crops.

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