Explanation of Names
Stelidota geminata (Say 1825)
geminata = 'twin'
e. NA (QC-FL to ON-WI-TX) to S. America(2)(1)
; invasive in many parts of the Old World
on damaged and rotting fruits and vegetables
They fly into strawberry plantings from wooded areas at about the time berries begin to ripen; they are particularly attracted to over-ripe berries. Their feeding leaves deep cavities in berries, and females then deposit eggs on the injured fruit. Although larvae feed in berries, they usually are unnoticed because the fruit has already begun to decompose as a result of damage caused by adults. Because over-ripe fruit is especially attractive to sap beetles, damage is often greatest in U-Pick operations where pickers leave large numbers of ripe and over-ripe berries in the field.
significant pest of strawberries and a few other fruit crops in the Northeast (Loeb & Loughner 2006
Gertz R.F. (1968) The biology and control of Stelidota geminata (Say). Proceedings North Central Branch Entomological Society of America. 23(1): 52.
Weber R.G., Connell W.A. (1975) Stelidota geminata (Say): studies of its biology (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 68: 649-653.