A good rain for Colorado Beetle. And really rather amazing to think of their species in terms of their having developed a resistance to so wide a range of pesticides. Resistance to DDT was an early victory in their battle for dominance over Potato and Eggplant crops. A Colorado Beetle has two other enemies. One is a Beetle that eats Colorado Beetle eggs and Colorado Beetle hatchlings. The other is a white fungus that also does damage to Termite, White Fly, Thrips and Aphids, to name just a few. This white fungus has no resistance to fungicide.
The white fungus is called Beauveria Bassiana. Which is classic, because
no one this side of a science museum can pronounce or remember Beauveria
Bassiana. The disease in insects Beauveria Bassiana causes is called White
Muscardine Disease. If you see a Grasshopper corpse on a hot day and it
looks frosted that's White Muscardine. Which sounds like a wine, but which
helps my memory not in the least. I prefer "The White Pox of Insect."
Which is distinct from "The White Pox of Plants." The Beetle that feeds on
the eggs and hatchlings of Colorado Beetle, has shiny Eggplant black wing case,
orange front parts and black beady eyes. It's name is Lebia Grandis, which might
be easier to remember. It's a quick moving Beetle and it's about the size
of a Bomber Beetle, which is that brown Beetle that thinks beating it's head
against the electric light is an Olympic sport.