Elm Leaf Beetle
Scientific Name: Xanthogaleruca luteola
Scientific Type: Leaf Feeding Insects & Mites
The Elm Leaf Beetle is a common pest that affects elm trees, primarily the American elm (Ulmus americana). It is a small, oval-shaped beetle with a yellow-green body and black stripes on its wings. The adult beetles feed on the leaves of elm trees, leaving behind a lacy pattern of damage. They also lay their eggs on the leaves, and the larvae feed on the tree's foliage, further damaging the tree. This feeding can weaken the tree, making it more susceptible to other pests and diseases. To control Elm Leaf Beetles, a combination of physical removal, insecticides, and tree care practices can be used. Regular inspections of elm trees and prompt treatment of infestations can help minimize damage.