The Hadda beetle was first found in Auckland in 2010. It has spread to become a pest of gardens feeding on plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, nightshade and Datura.
Hadda beetles are 6-7 mm long, round, yellow orange with 26 black spots. They look like a ladybird beetle. Click here to see learn how to tell them apart from young green vegetable bugs and the fungus feeding ladybird. Both adults and larvae feed on plants.
The beetles and larvae scrape away the leaf surface from the main leaf vein leaving irregular holes. Damage gives leaves a distinctive lace-like appearance.
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