Pest Photo

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Mexican bean beetle

Epilachna varivestis

Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) is an insect pest. It was first detected in Kansas in 1961.

The beetle can also live on cowpea, black-eyed pea, and soybean, and may attack mung, adsuki, and velvet bean, alfalfa, and clover. In some areas this beetle is a very serious pest of snapbean, lima beans, and soybeans.

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.