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Florida FFA Vegetable Judging Competition: A Study Guide1

Jennifer Lynn Gillett-Kaufman2

This guide links to articles about insects that are often used in the Florida FFA Vegetable Judging Competition. Click the name above each photo to learn more.

Pests

Aphids

Figure 1. 

Female adult green peach aphids, Myzus persicae, with immatures.


Credit:

USDA


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Banded Cucumber Beetle

Figure 2. 

Adult banded cucumber beetle, Diabrotica balteata.


Credit:

Jim Castner, UF/IFAS


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Bean Leafroller

Figure 3. 

Larva of the bean leafroller, Urbanus proteus.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Cabbage Looper

Figure 4. 

Early instar larva of the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Click Beetle

Figure 5. 

Adult click beetles: Alaus myops, left, and Alaus oculatus, right.


Credit:

M. C. Thomas, Division of Plant Industry


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Colorado Potato Beetle, Adult

Figure 6. 

Colorado potato beetles, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, feeding on foliage.


Credit:

David Cappaert, Michigan State University, www.insectimages.org


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Colorado Potato Beetle, Larva

Figure 7. 

Larva of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata.


Credit:

UF/IFAS


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Corn Earworm

Figure 8. 

Larva of corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea. This is the light-colored or greenish form.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Cutworm

Figure 9. 

Side view of the larva of a black cutworm, Agrotis ipsilon.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Fall Armyworm

Figure 10. 

Larva of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda. Note the light-colored inverted "Y" on the front of its head.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Field Cricket

Figure 11. 

Long-winged, adult male southeastern field cricket, Gryllus rubens.


Credit:

Paul M. Choate, UF/IFAS


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*Flea Beetle (links to BugGuide)

Green Stink Bug

Figure 12. 

Adult green stink bugs, Chinavia halaris, on millet.


Credit:

Russell F. Mizell III, UF/IFAS


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Harlequin Bug

Figure 13. 

Adult harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Imported Cabbageworm

Figure 14. 

Larva of imported cabbageworm, Pieris rapae.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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June Beetle

Figure 15. 

Adult green June beetle, Cotinis nitida.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Leaf-Footed Plant Bug

Figure 16. 

Adult leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus phyllopus.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Leafhopper

Figure 17. 

An adult Homalodisca vitripennis, the glassy-winged sharpshooter.


Credit:

Chris Tipping, UF/IFAS


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Leafminer

Figure 18. 

Mines in squash leaf caused by Liriomyza leafminers.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Lesser Cornstalk Borer

Figure 19. 

Mature larva of the lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Mexican Bean Beetle, Adult

Figure 20. 

Adult Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varivestis.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Mexican Bean Beetle, Larva

Figure 21. 

Larva of Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varivestis.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Mole Cricket

Figure 22. 

Adult tawny mole cricket, Neoscapteriscus vicinus.


Credit:

Paul M. Choate, UF/IFAS


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Pickleworm

Figure 23. 

Young pickleworm larva, Diaphania nitidalis.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Squash Bug

Figure 24. 

Adult (bottom) and nymph (top) squash bug, Anasa tristis.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Sweet Potato Weevil

Figure 25. 

Adult sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Tomato Hornworm

Figure 26. 

Last instar larva of the tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata.


Credit:

Paul M. Choate, UF/IFAS


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Twelve-Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Figure 27. 

The spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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White Grub

Figure 28. 

Typical white grub of the genus Phyllophaga.


Credit:

John L. Capinera, UF/IFAS


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Wireworm

Figure 29. 

Larva of Melanotus communis, also known as a wireworm.


Credit:

Lyle Buss, UF/IFAS


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Beneficials

Earwig

Figure 30. 

Adult female European earwig, Forficula auricularia, with eggs and young.


Credit:

Nabokov, en.wikipedia.org, Chester, United Kingdom


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Green Lynx Spider

Figure 31. 

Adult green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans.


Credit:

UF/IFAS


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Ground Beetle

Figure 32. 

Adult Calleida decora, a ground beetle.


Credit:

Lyle J. Buss, UF/IFAS


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Honey Bee

Figure 33. 

European honey bees, Apis mellifera, on a comb in a colony.


Credit:

Ashley N. Mortensen, UF/IFAS


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Lady Beetle

Figure 34. 

Adult Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spotted lady beetle.


Credit:

James Castner, UF/IFAS


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Praying Mantis

Figure 35. 

Grizzled mantid, Gonatista grisea (Fabricius), nymph.


Credit:

Jeremy Cohen, University of South Florida


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*Tachnid Fly (links to BugGuide)

Tiger Beetle

Figure 36. 

A tiger beetle, Cicindela scutellaris unicolor.


Credit:

Paul M. Choate, UF/IFAS


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Footnotes

1.

This document is 4HPSJ25, one of a series of the 4-H Youth Development Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 2018. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Jennifer Lynn Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist, Entomology and Nematology Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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