xt7h707wnm3j https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7h707wnm3j/data/mets.xml   Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. 1932 journals kaes_circulars_262 English Lexington : The Service, 1913-1958. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station Circular (Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station) n. 262 text Circular (Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station) n. 262 1932 2014 true xt7h707wnm3j section xt7h707wnm3j COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Extension Division
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l’11biish¤;d in ¢·lled eueurbit insects may be reduced by clean culture. After the
used crop has been gathered, the remnants should be collected and
ruin burned, care being taken to destroy as many as possible of the
1 be beetles that have collected on the old fruits. \Vhere all the
growers in a neighborhood see that the remnants of the cucurbits
are destroyed in the fall, the number of beetles will be greatly
reduced. The beetles collect on these remnants in the fall and it
fthe is likely that most of those that survive the winter have had
2ated opportunity for late feeding on cueurbits and have gone into
tings hiding places not far from their last food supply.
pay. Early Care 0f Plants. The fields should be examined daily
ioulil for beetles in the spring. This is necessary because the beetles
f the usually appear suddenly and great damage may be done before
20 to the plants can be protected properly. lf there is a crust on the
ies. soil when the young plants are emerging, it should be broken
tgun and fine earth should be placed about the stems. Breaking the
iuous Crust is necessary because if it is not done the beetles crawl down
tek et around the young plants and may destroy or injure them. _
Have Insecticides on Hand. The grower should procure his
' insecticides before the time of his actual need for them because
they may not be readily obtainable from his local dealer.
Uallou F00cl Plants. The beetle feeds upon many different kinds of
plants, but those of chief importance are the cultivated cueurbits.
Cueunibers and eantaloups seem to be more severely injured
than other members of this family. Beans are subject to attack
id7'[l1C f1‘0111 the beetles and may be injured to a considerable extent.
ting a The beetles readily eat the flowers of a great many plants and

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may be found in season on aster, goldenrod, ragweed, choke. tap
berry, juneberry, cherry, hawthorn, apple, rose and other plants. PN
N aturc of the Injury. In the spring the beetles attack the
young cucumber or melon plants just as they are emerging from
the soil and may ruin the entire planting by gnawing the surface _
of the stems. Blossoms also may be eaten so badly that they
fail to produce fruit. The beetles attack the fruits and disfigurc
them by eating portions of the rind. The adult also acts as u
carrier of the cucurbit wilt organism. The wilt disease may be al
the cause of very serious loss if it becomes established in a Hold bm
of melons or other eucurbits.
The larvae or worms injure the older plants by eating into . am
and burrowing into the main root and underground part of thc
stem. They also injure the parts of the plant that rest upon
the ground, and may bore into the rind of the fruit where it is P
in contact with the soil. Injury to the root and undergrou11