Photo 3. Only the veins remain on many leaves damaged by the sweetpotato red leaf beetle, Candezea palustris.
Sweetpotato red leaf beetle, red sweetpotato beetle
Candezea (Monolepta) species. There has been a recent revision of the genus, so previous records are now in doubt. However, Candezea palustris has been recorded from Solomon Islands.
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Information from Chris Reid, Australian Museum, Sydney.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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