What’s eating my eggplant?

Asked June 8, 2019, 5:04 PM EDT

What’s eating my eggplant and what should I do about it? 2nd photo shows 2 interesting bugs I found on the eggplant

Baltimore County Maryland vegetables pest insects and mites

1 Response

Hi- these are tortoise beetles, a relatively benigh insect that will chew holes in the leaves of many different garden plants. It's more typical to see them feeding on sweet potato than eggplant. They are using their excrement (black material) to ward off predators.
https://extension.umaine.edu/home-and-garden-ipm/fact-sheets/common-name-listing/tortoise-beetles/

You can hand pick the beetles or spray with spinosad or pyrethrins if they are causing significant injury.
Jon