Pests of Vegetables

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

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

Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
WirewormColeoptera: Elateridae
White grubColeoptera: Scarabiidae
Black cutwormAgrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn flea beetleChaetocnema pulicaria MelsheimerColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
True armywormPseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
European corn borerOstrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Corn earworm(tomato fruitworm)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Dusky sap beetleCarpophilus lugubris MurrayColeoptera: Nitidulidae
Japanese beetlePopilia japonicaColeoptera: Scarabaeidae
Northern corn rootwormDiabrotica barberi SmithColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle
(Southern corn rootworm)
Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi BarberColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Western corn rootwormDiabrotica virgifera LeConteColeoptera: Chrysomelidae

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

Black cutwormAgrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Potato flea beetle (T)Epitrix cucumeris (Harris)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Eggplant flea beetleEpitrix fuscula CrotchColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Pale-striped flea beetle (P) Systena blanda MelsheimerColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Black cutwormTetranychus urticae KochAcarina
WhiteflyHomoptera: Aleyrodidae
Two spotted spider mite Myzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Potato aphid (T) Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas)Homoptera: Aphidae
Green peach aphid (E, P) Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta (L.)Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato hornwormManduca quinquemaculata (Haworth)Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Tomato fruitworm (corn earworm)Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Beet armywormSpodoptera exigua (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Variegated cutworm Peridroma saucia (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Colorado potato beetle (T, E) Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Pepper maggot (P, E) Zonosemata electa (Say)Diptera: Tephritidae
Fall armywormHeteroptera: Pentatomidae
European corn borer (P) Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias)Heteroptera: Miridae

Bean and Pea

Seedcorn maggot Delia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris)Homoptera: Aphididae
Alfalfa caterpillar Colias eurytheme BoisduvalLepidoptera: Pieridae
Stink bug (T)Empoasca fabae (Harris)Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Tarnished plant bug (P)Tetranychus urticae KochAcarina
European corn borer (Snap bean) Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae
Potato leafhopper Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Green cloverworm Plathypena scabra (F.)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Bean aphid Aphis fabae ScopoliHomoptera: Aphididae
Bean leaf beetle Cerotoma trifurcata (Forster)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Mexican bean beetle Epilachna varivestis MulsantColeoptera: Coccinellidae
Two spotted spider mite Helicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

Cabbage and Related Crops

Corn earworm (Snap bean)Thrips tabaci LindemanThysanoptera: Thripidae
Flower thripsFrankliniella tritici (Fitch)Thysanoptera: Thripidae
Striped flea beetlePhyllotreta striolata (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Cabbage flea beetlePhyllotreta cruciferae GoezeColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Green peach aphidMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Turnip aphidLipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach)Homoptera: Aphidae
Cabbage aphidBrevicoryne brassicae (L.)Homoptera: Aphidae
Corn earworm (Lima bean) Delia radicum (L.)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Imported cabbageworm Pieris rapae (L.)Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Onion thripsPlutella xylostella (L.)Lepidoptera: Plutellidae
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Fall armywormSpodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cross-striped cabbagewormEvergestos ro,psa;os (Guenee)Lepidoptera: Pyralidae

Cucurbits

Striped cucumber beetleAcalymma vittata (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetleDiabrotia undecimpunctata howardi BarberColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Cabbage maggotMelittia cucurbitae (Harris)Lepidoptera: Sesiidae
Two spotted spider miteTetranychus urticae KochAcarina
Melon aphidHomoptera: Aphidae
Squash bugAnasa tristis (DeGeer)Heteroptera: Coreidae
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

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

Golden tortoise beetle (SP) Metriona bicolor (F.)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Wireworm (SP)Coleoptera: Elateridae
Pale-striped flea beetle (SP)Systena blanda MelsheimerColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Spotted cucumber beetle (SP)Diabrotia undecimpunctata howardi BarberColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Sweet potato flea beetle (SP)Systena spp.Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Diamondback mothColeoptera: Scarabaeidae
Cutworm (SP)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Squash vine borerCrioceris asparagi (L)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
White grubs (SP)Crioceris duodecimpunctata (L)Coleopteran: Chrysomelidae
Asparagus miners (A)Ophiomyia simplex (Loew)Diptera: Agromyzidae
Asparagus aphids (A)Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko)Homoptera: Aphidae
Onion maggot (O)Delia antique (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Striped asparagus beetle (A)Thrips tabaci LindemanThysanoptera: Thripidae
Spotted asparagus beetle (A)Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

Spinach (S), Lettuce (L), Carrots (C) and Related Crops

Green peach aphidsMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Vegetable leafminerLiriomyza sativae BlanchardDiptera: Agromyzidae
Spinach leafminerPegomya hyoscyami (Panzer)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Spinach flea beetleDisonycha xanthomelas (Dalman)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Pale-striped flea beetleSystena blanda MelsheimerColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
Aster (six-spotted) leafhopperMacrosteles quadrilineatus ForbesHomoptera: Cicadellidae
Tarnished plant bugLygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvias)Heteroptera: Miridae
Corn earwormHelicoverpa zea (Boddie)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Cabbage looperTrichoplusia ni (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Beet armywormSpodoptera exigua (Hubner)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Spotted cucumber beetleDiabrotia undecimpunctata howardi BarberColeoptera: Chrysomelidae
CutwormLepidoptera: Noctuidae
Carrot weevil Listronotus oregonensis (LeConte)Coleoptera: Curculionidae

Potato

Hornworm Manduca spp.Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Black cutworm Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel)Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Potato aphidMacrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas)Homoptera: Aphidae
Green peach aphidMyzus persicae (Sulzer)Homoptera: Aphidae
Flea beetleEpitrix spp.Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Colorado potato beetleLeptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Two spotted spider miteTetranychus urticae KochAcarina
Potato leafhopperEmpoasca fabae (Harris)Homoptera: Cicadellidae
Potato tuberwormPthorimaea operculellaLepidoptera:
WirewormColeoptera: Elateridae
Seedcorn maggotDelia platura (Meigen)Diptera: Anthomyiidae
Blister beetleEpicauta spp.Coleoptera:

Authored by: Shelby Fleischer, Associate Professor

Last updated January 2001