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Crioceris asparagi (asparagus beetle)

Wikipedia Abstract

The common asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi) is an important pest of asparagus crops both in Europe and in North America. Asparagus is its only food plant. The beetle is about half a centimeter long, metallic blue-black in color with cream or yellow spots on its red-bordered elytra. The larvae are fat gray grubs with dark heads. Various insecticides are licensed for control, and the parasitic wasp Tetrastichus asparagi Crawford has been successfully used for biological control. \n* Eggs of the asparagus beetle, laid on the stem of a flower of an asparagus plant \n* Larva of Crioceris asparagi
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Prey / Diet

Asparagus officinalis (garden asparagus)[1]
Asparagus setaceus (common asparagus fern)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Anthophora abrupta (miner bee)1
Discestra trifolii (clover cutworm)1
Idaea biselata (Small Fan-footed Wave Moth)1
Peridroma saucia (variegated cutworm)2
Spodoptera exigua (beet armyworm)1


Andrenosoma atrum <Unverified Name>[2]


Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); North America;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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