Viburnum leaf beetle, a new state record

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

Beetles collected from Arrowhead Viburnum in St. Clair County last August were confirmed by Jim Zablotny and the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory to be Pyrrhalta viburni (Paykull), the Viburnum leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). This represents a new state record for Michigan.

We are very interested in knowing if this beetle occurs elsewhere in Michigan, so please send in any beetles or larvae you find feeding on Viburnum.

viburnum leaf beetle
An adult viburnum leaf beetle.
Photo credit: P. Weston, Cornell University, ForestryImages.org

viburnum leaf beetle larvae
Viburnum leaf beetle larvae.
Photo credit: P. Weston, Cornell University, ForestryImages.org

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