26 December 2010

The dead visitor from the northeast


This spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) was in a bag of spinach we bought last week. The spinach had not been frozen, but the beetle was limp and motionless after it was removed from the refrigerator and remained so at room temperature.

According to the bag, the spinach was produced by a Massachusetts company. The spotted cucumber beetle is said to be a widespread species in eastern North America.

2 comments:

Coyote said...

Have you ever found a snail inside a bag of produce?

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

No, not yet.