Golden nematode attacks a large number of plants, e.g. beets, potatoes, legumes and many autochthonous plants.
Scientific name: Globodera rostochiensis (=Heterodera rostochiensis), G. pallida (=H. pallida)
Other name: Golden eelworm, Yellow potato cyst nematode
Greek name: Χρυσονηματώδης της Πατάτας
The young larvae (caterpillars) cause irregular holes in the leaves. Developed larvae are voracious eaters and eat the whole leaf, leaving only the nerves. They can even cause complete defoliation.
Golden nematode larvae (caterpillars) are about 30 mm long and greenish in color. They bear transverse and lateral striations and have 3 pairs of pectoral legs.
Golden nematode adults (butterflies) have a wingspan of about 40 mm and are greyish-brown in color. The forewings bear a light-colored gamma-shaped pattern on the forewings, from which it takes its name.
It is a migratory insect, moving from southern to northern Europe.
Tags: PLANTS ENEMY