Viburnum leaf beetle has been
found for the first time in Massachusetts. In 1996
the viburnum leaf beetle was seen for the first time
in the United States along Lake Ontario in New York.
Bob Childs and Ron Kujawski discovered an infestation
of viburnum leaf beetle this spring on two viburnum
bushes in Great Barrington in Berkshire County. An
eradication effort is underway.
Viburnum leaf beetle only attacks viburnum bushes.
The most susceptible species are arrowwood viburnums
(V. dentatum complex), European cranberrybush
viburnum (V. opulus), American cranberrybush
viburnum (V. opulus var. americana),
Rafinesque viburnum (V. rafinesquianum),
and Sargent viburnum (V. sargentii).
Look for larval feeding damage on plants right now.
Larva feed from early May to mid-June leaving “skeletonized”
leaves. In late June adults will emerge and begin
feeding on leaves creating irregular circular to elliptical
holes. Adults will continue feeding until leaf drop
in the fall. Female adults begin to lay eggs in July.
The egg-laying sites are small, brownish-black bumps
1-2mm in diameter along the plant stems. Look for
egg-laying sites from July through May.
For more information and to view pictures of the
viburnum leaf beetle, please visit http://www.massnrc.org/pests/pestFAQsheets/viburnumleaf.html.
If you have seen the viburnum leaf beetle, you can
report it on the web at http://www.massnrc.org/pests/report.aspx.