This is a soft-skinned bug (a little larger than a lady bug) It is chewing...

Asked July 14, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

This is a soft-skinned bug (a little larger than a lady bug) It is chewing the leaves of my eggplant. I have removed them buy hand. Is there somthing more I should do? I am growing these plants in an organic garden

Baltimore County Maryland vegetables insect identification colorado potato beetle insect pest

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The insects in your photograph are probably the larvae of the Colorado potato beetle. (see attached photos) These insects can be very damaging to eggplant, potato plants, and tomato plants. The easiest control method is to apply a very safe product known as Bt 'San Diego'. This product is specific for the Colorado potato beetle and will not harm you or any other insect. Read the label carefully before purchasing and before applying.