The Country’s Most Dangerous Beetles

Invasive beetles of various colors and sizes have infiltrated U.S. forests, despite efforts by government experts

(Scott Bauer / USDA)


Banded cucumber beetle
(Maura McCarthy)

Native to: Southern Arizona and Texas, Mexico and Central America
Attacks: Vegetable plants including cucumber, squash, beans, peas, sweet potato, corn, lettuce and soybeans
Current U.S. range: The southern half of the country, from North Carolina to California
Why it’s so dangerous: The adult beetle attacks all parts of the plant and is a known vector of virus diseases in beans


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