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Colorado potato beetle

Leptinotarsa decemlineata


The most destructive pest of potato crops in an adult form.

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hayde 10 years ago

Propaganda usually uses things that are to silly to be true ;) Still, it is quite effective to turn people against one another. But it really is amazing that one hungry bug can be used as a weapon to discourage people from American imperialism.

LarsKorb 10 years ago

Propaganda...too silly.
Trading cargo is the 99,9% deliverant of invasive species...except some special cases like the Victoria Perch...

hayde 10 years ago

Yeah, indeed, it was brought to Europe on the turn of the 19th century, supposedly by accident on ships with food. What is even more interesting, it was used in anti-imperialist propaganda newspapers as a main reason for food deficiencies. They claimed that the pest was dropped on purpose by American planes into the Baltic Sea, from where it got to Poland to destroy our crops (mostly in the 1950s).

LarsKorb 10 years ago

Colorado? An invasive species in Poland?

hayde 10 years ago

Yeah they can be quite nasty... They have developed resistance to all major insecticide classes, although not every population is resistant to every chemical.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago

Yes, I remember when I was a child it caused a lot of damages to the potato crops where I come from

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Płock, województwo mazowieckie, Poland

Spotted on Aug 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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