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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Coleopteran Pests: Family Chrysomelidae

Coleopteran Pests: Family Chrysomelidae

(p.262) 17 Coleopteran Pests: Family Chrysomelidae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the dichondra flea beetle, family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Halticinae. The dichondra flea beetle is a member of a genus of minute flea beetles generally smaller than 2.5 mm, with most 1.5–2.0 mm in length. It is a very destructive beetle on lawns of dichondra in California, often destroying many of them. Beetles are so small that they are difficult to detect readily. Once an infestation has become established, destruction of the dichondra lawn is very rapid, and many homeowners are unable to determine the cause until irreversible damage has taken place. Bermudagrass lawns in central and southern California are also subject to attack.

Keywords:   dichondra flea beetle, Chrysomelidae, Halticinae, flea beetles, dichondra lawns, bermudagass lawns

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