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Would you please tell me what type of bug these are and how to remove them from my garden.  They are attacking my eggplant.

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Dolly,

I can't see these clearly enough to be certain but they look like Colorado potato beetles, which also feed on eggplant. Probably the best option is to treat with spinosad insecticide, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/spinosad.html, which is both very effective and relatively low toxicity. If the garden is relatively small you can also try just handpicking them off.

Jack DeAngelis

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html Fine Gardening magazine

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Ph.D. in Entomology (the study of insects)

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