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Cottonwood Leaf Beetle

Chrysomela scripta Fabricius


The adult beetles are 6 mm (1/4 inch) long with a black head and thorax and clavate antenna. They also possess yellow or reddish margins on the thorax. However, the orange patterns vary among the adults. The elytra are yellowish with broken black stripes. In most cases, the male is considerably smaller than the female.


is a native pest that occurs throughout the United States, including Alaska, in areas where cottonwood, poplar and willow exist.

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Spotted on May 1, 2020
Submitted on May 1, 2020

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