Sugarcane Beetle Burrowing Signs

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna

Sugarcane beetle digging in the soil and feeding on the crown of the rice plant.

Sugarcane beetle - Euetheola rugiceps

The beetle has been reported from all southern states. It is primarily a pest of corn, but damage reports also include sugarcane, sweet potatoes and rice.

The sugarcane beetles (adults) are injuring the rice by chewing at the soil line in the crown of the plant.

Seedlings suffer the most damage and are often killed when the beetles destroy the growing point.

The symptoms in rice are very similar to what can be found in field corn.

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1/3/2012 12:08:58 AM
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