University of Florida

Flea Beetle

Epitris spp.

  • Adult: Small (1/6 in.) dark brown and black, with enlarged hind legs adapted for jumping.
  • Egg: White, laid on or in soil at base of plant.
  • Larva: White, slender, living in soil feeding on rootlets.
  • Damage: Adult feeding on foliage damage appears as shot holes. Heavily damaged seedlings can be killed or retarded.

Flea Beetle Picture

Flea beetle adult
Image # 11.
Flea beetle adult -

has hind legs for jumping and is more common in north Florida.