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Management of Cereal Leaf Beetles: Pests of Small Grains
Kathy Flanders, G. David Buntin
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Publication Date: 03/08/2017

The cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus, was introduced from Europe into Michigan in the 1950s and is slowly spreading southward. It is now well distributed throughout the northern half of Alabama and Georgia and is partially established in the southern half of both states. In some years, as much as 50 percent of the winter wheat crop in northern Alabama and northwest Georgia has been sprayed with an insecticide to control cereal leaf beetle. The immature stage of cereal leaf beetle feeds on the leaves of wheat, oats, and certain other grasses.