Gardening - Vegetables: Pests & Diseases
The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), is found throughout most of the United States and Mexico and has been introduced into Europe and parts of Asia. Mexico is considered the center of origin for this pest. The Colorado potato beetle is an important pest of Solanaceous plants. Potato is the preferred host, but this insect pest also will feed on tomato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco, ground cherry, horse-nettle, nightshade, belladonna, thorn apple, henbane, buffalobur and other related plant species.
"W208-Vegetable Pests - Colorado Potato Beetle," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, W208-4/09 09-0138, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexgard/35