Mexican bean beetle survey - Virginia Tech Entomology

Thank you for taking this survey.  Our goal is to determine the current range of the Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varivestis, an insect pest of snap bean, lima bean, and soybean. 

1. Below, you will see some pictures of Mexican bean beetle, and one similar species.  Please use these images to be sure that you are referring to this insect when you fill out the survey.  If you need more information on Mexican bean beetle, please see our fact sheet at this website: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-51/ENTO-51-pdf.pdf

2. At the bottom of the page, there is a question for you to answer about Mexican bean beetle in your area.  

3. If you have any questions about this survey, please email us at: vtmexicanbeanbeetle@gmail.com.

Thank you!  

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Image 1. Mexican bean beetle adult laying eggs

Image 1. Mexican bean beetle adult laying eggs

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Image 2. Mexican bean beetle larvae, and feeding injury to snap bean leaf

Image 2. Mexican bean beetle larvae, and feeding injury to snap bean leaf

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Image 3. NOT MEXICAN BEAN BEETLE!  This is a Squash beetle - Epilachna borealis  
Though similar in appearance Squash beetle is different from Mexican bean beetle.  Remember, MBB is only found on beans.  Squash beetles are only found on squash, pumpkins, watermelon and other cucurbits... not beans!

Image 3. NOT MEXICAN BEAN BEETLE!  This is a Squash beetle - <em>Epilachna borealis  </em><br>Though similar in appearance Squash beetle is different from Mexican bean beetle.  Remember, MBB is only found on beans.  Squash beetles are only found on squash, pumpkins, watermelon and other cucurbits... not beans!

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* 1. PLEASE READ and RESPOND:

Use the rating scale below to answer the following question:

QUESTION: “Based on your experience, how common is Mexican bean beetle in your specific county or city, within the past ten years?”

*Please base answers on your observations or personal communications

*Consider any or all systems: conventional farms, organic farms, and gardens. 

*Please answer for all counties that you can confidently rate. In the space provided, please write the county, state, and a number rating for that county: (Example: Rockingham County, Virginia, 1).  Please also include the type of crop (i.e. green beans, soy beans, lima beans etc.) that you do, or do not, see these beetles on. 

Rating scale:

1 - Present: Mexican bean beetle can be found here. It is either seen annually or every few years.
     *Even if it is only found in small farms or gardens please answer 1

2 - Never: This beetle has not been found here in the past 10 years.

3 - Unsure 


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* 2. Please enter your name, email address, and phone number:

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