Bean Leaf Beetle (Kansas Soybean)

Sampling method

Visually inspect the canopy for beetles.


Severe cotyledon feeding, threatened destruction of the growing point, or populations of seven beetles per row-foot on soybeans with four or fewer nodes and
25 percent defoliation, may justify limited area treatments. In most years, 50 or more beetles per row-foot are required to reduce yields in late season. Treatments may be justified if significant pod-feeding occurs while pods are still developing.

Chemical control



Acephate (Acephate, Bracket, or Orthene)

(See supplemental labels for formulations and rates.)

Acetamiprid plus bifenthrin (Justice)

0.0351 to 0.0422 lbs. a.i./acre (2.5 to 3.0 fl. oz./acre)

Alpha-cypermethrin (Fastac EC)

2.8 to 3.8 fl. oz./acre

Beta-cyfluthrin (Baythroid XL)

0.0125 to 0.022 lbs. a.i./acre (1.6 to 2.8 fl. oz.)

Bifenthrin plus imidacloprid (Tempest)

0.06 to 0.095 lbs. a.i./acre (3.8 to 6.1 fl. oz./acre)

Carbaryl (Sevin)

0.5 to 1 lb. a.i./acre

Chloropyrifos (numerous products)

Check label, but generally 1 to 2 pints/acre

Chloropyrifos plus gamma-cyhalothrin (Cobalt)

19 to 38 fl. oz. of product/acre

Chloropyrifos plus zeta-cypermethrin (Stallion)

5.0 to 11.75 fl. oz./acre

Cyfluthrin (Tombstone)

Growth stage VC-V2: 0.8. After V2: 1.6 to 2.8 fl. oz./acre, see label

Deltamethrin (Delta Gold)

0.018 to 0.022 lbs. a.i./acre (1.5 to 1.9 fl. oz.)

Dimethoate (Check labels, bean leaf beetles are not listed on all labels.)

0.5 lb. a.i./acre

Esfenvalerate (Asana XL 0.66)

0.03 to 0.05 lb. a.i./acre (5.8 to 9.6 fl. oz.)

Gamma-cyhalothrin (Proaxis)

0.0075 to 0.0125 lb. a.i./acre (1.92 to 3.20 fl. oz.)

Imidacloprid (Alias 4F, Sherpa)

Check labels

Imidacloprid plus cyfluthrin (Leverage)

2.8 fl. oz./acre

Lambda-cyhalothrin (numerous products)

0.015 to 0.025 lb. a.i./acre

Lambda-cyhalothrin chlorantraniliprole (Besiege)

5.0 to 10.0 fl. oz./acre

Lambda-cyhalothrin plus thiamethoxam (Endigo ZC)

4.0 to 4.5 fl. oz./acre

Permethrin (Larvin EC)

0.45 to 0.75 lb. a.i./acre

Zeta-cypermethrin (Mustang MAXX, etc.)

0.0175 to 0.025 lb. a.i./acre (2.8 to 4.0 fl. oz.)

Zeta-cypermethrin plus bifenthrin (Hero)

2.6 to 6.1 fl. oz. of product/acre


Non-chemical controls

None listed.

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This information comes from the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service publication MF743. Information may not be suitable for states other than Kansas.