Until yesterday potatoes were doing wonderfully, have flowered and everything, looked extremely healthy - more luck than judgement! However, it rained heavily all day yesterday and today when I went out to check the plot, two nearly three plants were virtually gone - absolutely covered in these stripy beetles. It is a Bank Holiday here in France today but tomorrow morning I am going out to get something drastic to deal with them (sorry to all organic gardeners but there are hundreds of them). My question is, can the shredded plants be saved or is that it for them? Really don't think the potatoes underneath could be big enough yet if they have only just flowered???