When I dug up a potato plant in my garden, I was hoping to find:
One potato, two potato
Three potato, four….
But it seems that something found the potatoes before I did. My not-so-good old friends, the ten-lined beetles, mainly in their larval stage.
Here are my Pontiac potatoes, half eaten by the ten-lined beetle larvae. I could have cried!
Near each eaten potato, I found the larvae of these beetles.
Don’t they all look like they’ve eaten too many potatoes?
I’ve had to do a lot of extermination as I dug potatoes. My foot was the quickest way to deal with them. Where is a robin when you need one?
So far, the only way I can think of to get rid of these potato eaters is to put all my garden through a soil screen, and watch for the smaller larvae that might fall through the mesh. I’m very frustrated. What to do?