Life, Death & Potato Beetles

Potato beetles wear black-and-yellow-striped suits and orange black-polka-dotted masks as if dressed to play the part of the circus clown. When you pop them in between your fingers, they snap-crackle-pop, bursting with bright orange goo, their deaths staining the dirt encrusted lines of your hands. Leptinotarsa decemlineata lays neon-orange eggs on the under-leaves of our potato plants while nibbling away at the foliage in an act of…

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