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.