orgoveg
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young turnip damage

I had this same problem last season. It's beginning early this time. In the photo, you can see the holes in the leaves of my turnip seedlings. By harvest time, they'll look like fine lace. I can't find any little worms or eggs. I wouldn't mind, if I only wanted the roots, but I like the greens. What would likely be doing this? I don't think it is leaf miners or aphids, but I could certainly be wrong.

[img]https://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh194/abaction/turnippests.jpg[/img]

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jal_ut
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I have the same problem here. It is those little black beetles that get on everything here. Some call them click beetles. There are many species of beetles that get the common name of click beetle. The ones I get are no more than 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. They will eat seedlings even before they emerge. The larvae bore into the potatoes. They are a pain.
Gardening at 5000 feet elevation, zone 4/5 Northern Utah, Frost free from May 25 to September 8 +/-

orgoveg
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Okay. I know exactly what you are talking about. They snap their bodies to make themselves jump. Kind of like Mexican jumping beans.

I guess the larvae are wireworms.

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