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Black beetle eating my potato plants

 
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Hi there,

I am new to this forums and kinda new to homesteading(3 years). I have these black beetles that comes back every time I plant a potato crop. We tried to collect a bunch and give to the chickens but they don't want them. Anyone know the name of these things and also do you have some suggestions about what to do i.e. companion plants that might keep them away or maybe some other way? Thanks in advance
I google black beetles and potatoes and got 5 different kinds but not a single photo looks like this one I find here.
Hassan

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Thats the little devil thats eating my potato leaves
 
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Could that be a variety of blister beetle? If so, then that can give you at least a place to start looking. There's even this thread https://permies.com/t/46238/critters/kills-blister-beetles about them on permies.

There really doesn't seem to be a wealth of information about dealing with them online. It does seem like everything I am finding is mentioned in that thread.
 
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ooooo not good keep it away from me . Its bad enough having the colarado beatle . Does this eat tomatos as well ?

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It does not eat any other plants from what I have noticed so far. I will read the article from the link.
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