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Aphthona nigriscutis (Foundras)

Plant species attacked: Leafy spurge | Cypress spurge
Biocontrol Agent Type: Root feeding flea beetle
Country of Origin: Population sources originated in Hungary; these flea beetles were released in 1983 near Cardston, Alberta and reared to collectable levels before being shipped to BC
First Released in BC: 1986
Click on image to view larger photo: Aphthona nigriscutis adult Aphthona nigriscutis larva
Positive monitoring and/or dispersal locations in BC on Leafy spurge:
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Established Aphthona nigriscutis on Leafy spurge locations
View the in-depth Aphthona nigriscutis information page here

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