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Beetles in sunflowers nothing to worry about


As sunflowers near maturity and harvest approaches, it is common to spot beetles of all sizes on sunflowers.

There may be a lot of these beetles, but they are not considered sunflower pests. There are two beetles that are seen actively feeding on sunflower heads but cause no damage to the crop: bumble flower beetles and sap beetles.

Bumble flower beetles measure about 1/2 to 5/8 inches long and come in different colors ranging from yellowish brown to dark brown with black spots on their forewings.

Sap beetles are much smaller in size (1/8 to 1/4 inch long) and dark colored with orange to yellow spots and bands on their body. Neither bumble flower beetles nor sap beetles are known to cause any damage in sunflowers, and no treatment is necessary to manage these insects. For more information about beetles, visit http://igrow.org/agronomy/other-crops/bumble-flower-beetles-and-sap-beetles-in-sunflowers/.

Date: 10/14/2013



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