P&PDL Picture of the Week for
February 4, 2008

Eggplant Shothole Damage

Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

If you've ever tried to grow eggplant, you have no doubt seen what is often referred to as "shothole" damage to the foliage so named for the tiny holes that appear as if the leaf has been hit with buckshot.  Flea beetles eat small holes in leaves and though they attack several species of commonly grown vegetables including potatoes and corn, they are particularly fond of eggplant.  Mature plants may be able to tolerate the damage, but young plants may find it difficult to overcome. Information on how to prevent and control flea beetles in the garden can be found here: Managing Insects in the Home Vegetable Garden (pdf file).

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