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These bugs have shown up recently in my garden. I didn’t think it was a problem until I saw that they had eaten a lot of the leaves on my crepe myrtle. My drift rose was covered with them. The other day I saw a bunch in the grass. They are everywhere. What are these things and am I going to lose my crepe myrtle?


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    You’re welcome nancylou910! Good luck to your crape myrtle in the spring!

    September 29th, 2018 at 11:44pm

  • nancylou0910 Apprentice says:

    Laura, thank you for these links. I think you’re right and they are metallic flea beetles. Unfortunately, they have done their damage to my crepe. Hopefully, they have not killed it. I guess I’ll know next spring.

    September 20th, 2018 at 2:09pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    You could also try these folks from the included link below for an accurated ID.

    September 18th, 2018 at 6:50pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link to treatment, scrolling down to the Metallic Flea Beetle section.

    September 18th, 2018 at 6:35pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Do they jumping off when you approach the plants? If they do, they could be a type of flea beetle species (Altica). According to sources some of species of flea beetles that attack crape myrtle are Altica litigate, A. foliacea, etc… But I’m not an expert and only speculating. Check out these included links for information of the genus & treatment. Best wishes! Link to the Altica genus.

    September 18th, 2018 at 6:40pm

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