Chinese rose beetle (CRB) (Adoretus sinicus Burmeister) preferential feeding based on leaf carbohydrate content was determined using `Hawaiian Wonder' snap bean (Phaseohs vulgaris L.) plants exposed to 0% ,40%, or 80% shade for 2 days. Plants exposed to 0% shade before CRBs fed had 8.5% leaf area consumed compared with 2.8% and 3.6% for 40% and 80% shade, respectively. Leaves exposed to 0% shade had a higher carbohydrate content than leaves exposed to 40% and 80% shade. Darkening the apical and subtending leaf with aluminum foil for 1 day before CRBs fed shifted CRB feeding from heavy feeding on the apical leaf and light feeding on the subtending leaves to a reversed feeding pattern-light feeding on the apical leaf and heavy feeding on the subtending leaves. Three snap bean cultivars grown under similar environmental conditions were compared to `Hawaiian Wonder' using a unifoliate split-leaf technique. Cultivars with a high endogenous carbohydrate content in their leaves had a higher percentage of leaf area consumed by CRBs than cultivars with low endogenous carbohydrates. This report suggests that high endogenous carbohydrate content in leaves stimulates CRB feeding.
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