Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle
Lucy Thursfield, John Innes Centre
The image shows a cabbage stem flea beetle feeding on the leaves of a rapeseed seedling, with chewed leaves clearly visible. The cabbage stem flea beetle in a major crop pest in the UK and EU. Scientists at the John Innes Centre are investigating natural resistance in rapeseed varieties that could help defend crop plants against these insect pests.