Pests of Vegetables

A list of common pests and the vegetables they affect.
Pests of Vegetables - Articles

Updated: February 10, 2017

List developed from: Vegetable Insect Management With Emphasis on the Midwest, edited by: R. Foster and B. Flood, Meister Pub. Co., Purdue Univ., 1995. Insect Pests sheets (Pest Management Aids Number 1 through 11), University of Maryland, 1986.

Sweet Corn

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stal)Heteroptera:Pentatomidae
Corn earworm (tomato fruitworm)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn flea beetle Chaetocnema pulicaria (Melsheimer)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
Dusky sap beetleCarpophilus lugubris (Murray)Coleoptera: Nitidulidae
European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Japanese beetle Popilia japonicaColeoptera:Scarabaeidae
Northern corn rootworm Diabrotica barberi (Smith)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Spotted cucumber beetle (Southern corn rootworm)Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi (Barber)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
True armywormPseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Western corn rootworm Diabrotica virgifera (LeConte)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
White grub Coleoptera: Scarabiidae
Wireworm Coleoptera: Elateridae

Tomato (T), Pepper (P), and Eggplant (E)

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Beet armywormSpodoptera exigua (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Black cutworm Halyomorpha halys (Stal)Heteroptera:Pentatomidae
Brown marmorated stink bug (T- E)Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
Eggplant flea beetleEpitrix fuscula (Crotch)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
European corn borer (P)Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Colorado potato beetle (E-P)Myzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Pale-striped flea beetle (P)Systena blanda (Melsheimer)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
Pepper maggot (P- E)Zonosemata electa (Say)Diptera: Tephritidae
Potato aphid (T)Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas)Homoptera: Aphidae
Potato flea beetle (T)Epitrix cucumeris (Harris)Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae
Green peach aphid (T)Heteroptera:Pentatomidae
Stink bug (P)Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias)Heteroptera: Miridae
Tobacco hornwormManduca sexta (L.)Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato fruitworm (corn earworm)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Tarnished plant bug Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth)Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato hornworm Tetranychus urticae (Koch)Acarina
Variegated cutwormPeridroma saucia (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
WhiteflyHomoptera: Aleyrodidae

Bean and Pea

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Alfalfa caterpillarColias eurytheme (Boisduval)Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Bean aphidAphis fabae (Scopoli)Homoptera: Aphididae
Bean leaf beetleCerotoma trifurcata (Forster)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Brown marmorated stink bugHalyomorpha halys (Stal)Heteroptera: Pentatomidae
Corn earworm (Lima bean)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn earworm (Snap bean)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
European corn borer (Snap bean)Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Green cloverwormPlathypena scabra (F.)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Mexican bean beetleEpilachna varivestis (Mulsant)Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
Pea aphidAcyrthosiphon pisum (Harris)Homoptera: Aphididae
Two-spotted spider mite Empoasca fabae (Harris)Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Two-spotted spider miteTetranychus urticae (Koch)Acarina

Cabbage and Related Crops

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Brown marmorated stink bugHalyomorpha halys (Stal)Heteroptera: Pentatomidae
Cabbage aphidBrevicoryne brassicae (L.)Homoptera: Aphidae
Cabbage flea beetlePhyllotreta cruciferae GoezeColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Potato leafhopper Delia radicum (L.)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Cross-striped cabbagewormEvergestos ro,psa;os (Guenee)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Seedcorn maggot Plutella xylostella (L.)Lepidoptera: Plutellidae
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cabbage maggot Frankliniella tritici (Fitch)Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Green peach aphidMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Imported cabbagewormPieris rapae (L.)Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Diamondback moth Thrips tabaci (Lindeman)Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Striped flea beetlePhyllotreta striolata (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Turnip aphidLipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach)Homoptera: Aphidae

Cucurbits

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Melon aphidHomoptera: Aphidae
Spotted cucumber beetleDiabrotia undecimpunctata howardi (Barber)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Flower thrips Anasa tristis (DeGeer)Heteroptera: Coreidae
Onion thrips Melittia cucurbitae (Harris)Lepidoptera: Sesiidae
Striped cucumber beetleAcalymma vittata (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Two spotted spider miteTetranychus urticae (Koch)Acarina

Sweet Potato (SP), Asparagus (A), and Onion (O)

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Squash bug (O)Phytomyza gymnostoma (Loew)Diptera: Agromyzidae
Asparagus aphids (A)Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko)Homoptera: Aphidae
Asparagus miners (A)Ophiomyia simplex (Loew)Diptera: Agromyzidae
Black cutworm (O)Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Black Onion Fly (O)Tritoxa flexa (Wiedemann)Diptera: Ulidiidae
Cutworm (SP)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Golden tortoise beetle (SP)Metriona bicolor (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Onion maggot (O)Delia antiqua (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Diamondback moth (O)Thrips tabaci (Lindeman)Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Pale-striped flea beetle(SP)Systena blanda (Melsheimer)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted asparagus beetle (A)Crioceris duodecimpunctata (L)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle (SP)Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi (Barber)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Striped asparagus beetle (A)Crioceris asparagi (L)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Sweet potato flea beetle (SP)Systena spp.Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
White grubs (SP)Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
Wireworm (SP)Coleoptera: Elateridae

Spinach, Lettuce, Carrots and Related Crops

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Aster (six-spotted) leafhopperMacrosteles quadrilineatus (Forbes)Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Beet armywormSpodoptera exigua (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Carrot weevilListronotus oregonensis (LeConte)Coleoptera: Curculionidae
Corn earwormHelicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
CutwormLepidoptera: Noctuidae
Green peach aphidsMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Pale-striped flea beetleSystena blanda (Melsheimer)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spinach flea beetleDisonycha xanthomelas (Dalman)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spinach leafminerPegomya hyoscyami (Panzer)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Spotted cucumber beetleDiabrotia undecimpunctata howardi (Barber)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Tarnished plant bugLygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias)Heteroptera: Miridae
Liriomyza sativae (Blanchard)Diptera: Agromyzidae

Potato

Common NameLatin NameFamily
Black cutwormAgrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Blister beetleEpicauta spp.Coleoptera:
Brown marmorated stink bug Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Squash vine borer Epitrix spp.Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Green peach aphidMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
HornwormManduca spp.Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Potato aphidMacrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas)Homoptera: Aphidae
Two-spotted spider mite Empoasca fabae (Harris)Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Potato tuberwormPthorimaea operculellaLepidoptera:
Seedcorn maggotDelia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Two spotted spider miteTetranychus urticae (Koch)Acarina
Wireworm Coleoptera: Elateridae

Last updated August 2018

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