The Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is a voracious eater of Solanaceae plants, particularly potatoes, of which it destroys crops all over the world. It’s larvae burrow into tubers, tomatoes, aubergines, etc. and the adult (photo) eats the leaves. We were sent this photo, taken in the La Adelfilla area, with the following comment: “We went to the agri office in Estación de Jimena [to report it, as in Britain it is a ‘reportable pest’] and the response we got was>
that they are only interested in diseases that affect animals. So I assume that the problem with Colorado beetle is not thought to be serious enough in this country to worry about.”
We wonder if this is true, given that the agriculture office also deals with fruit and vegetable diseases – or can nobody be bothered during the holidays?