This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
C. J.B., South Framingham, Mass., writes: "An insect, new to me, has been very destructive among my Strawberry plants, in one place having nearly killed a three-foot strip of vines which were thrifty and vigorous at the time of bearing. They have seriously injured the new runners. Being inconspicuous, and working on the under side of the leaves, their presence was not suspected until the mischief, which is rapidly effected, was done. The insect is a beetle, an eighth of an inch in length, varying in color from dark brown to jet black, the latter predominating. Unlike the little turnip beetle or fly, they do not actively attempt to escape. Tomorrow I am going to apply Paris green to some of the plants to see how they will bear it,. in order to protect myself, if possible, next season. I find that caution is necessary in the use of that poison, as an over-dose killed some of my ten weeks' Stocks and also Mignionettc. Have you ever been troubled by this pest ? Can you tell me of a remedy ? I enclose two leaves which show the ravages. The insects, after having done their work, are gone, therefore I cannot send you a specimen.
I send you, however, the figure".
[This may be one of the beetles of which wo have read as being destructive to Strawberry leaves, but these are the first specimens of their work that we have seen. The leaves are skeletonized as in the case of Elm leaves, with which most tree growers are familiar. - Ed. G. M].