Green beetle on Rhubarb

Enda Lonergan asked 12 years ago

I would appear to have an infestion of shiny green (metalic looking) beetles eating my rhubarb leaves, just spotted them on Saturday and they are going mad for the leaves. I’m afraid they will spread to nearby strawberry beds, how do I get rid of them and what are they?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 5 years ago
Dock beetle is an occasional feeder on rhubarb, which is related to dock weed. Most of the damge is done at the larval stage and the beetles usually move on to fresh pastures.

Generally nothing needs to be done as rhubarb is vigorous and can take some feeding.

They do not affect strawberries.