Pest Type: Insect
Damage to Plant: Leaves are chewed. When large populations of beetles appear suddenly, damage can be serious.
Although markings vary greatly depending on the species, blister beetles are easily identified by their physique: the middle section of the body is noticeably smaller than the head or abdomen. The majority of these pests are well under an inch long.
Life Cycle: Adults lay eggs beneath the soil, where the newly hatched grubs feed on grasshopper eggs. The grubs remain underground in a dormant state for up to 2 years, then become active, pupate, and emerge as plant- feeding adults in late spring or early Summer.