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Mild Winter Favors Bean Leaf Beetle Survival
Integrated Crop Management News
  • Erin W. Hodgson, Iowa State University
  • Ashley Dean, Iowa State University
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Bean leaf beetle adults (Photo 1) are susceptible to cold weather and most die when air temperatures fall below 14°F (-10°C). However, they have adapted to winter by protecting themselves under plant debris and loose soil. Each spring, adult beetles emerge from their overwintering habitat and migrate to available hosts, such as alfalfa, tick trefoil, and various clovers. As the season progresses, bean leaf beetles move to soybean and other hosts. While adult activity can begin before soybean emergence, peak abundance often coincides with early-vegetative soybean.

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Erin W. Hodgson and Ashley Dean. "Mild Winter Favors Bean Leaf Beetle Survival" (2020)
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