The false potato beetle usually eats leaves of weeds. The bug must have gotten desperate in my (almost) weed-free garden as it attacked my eggplants.
Management of false potato beetle
The female false potato beetle lays eggs on the underside of plant leaves. In less than 10 days, the eggs hatch and larva dine on the leaves. The larva eventually drops to the soil where it pupates for about two weeks. Depending on the weather and time of year, this lifecycle process may repeat several times.
In searching for organic methods of getting rid of false potato beetle, I found cutting off the leaves with eggs, or picking off the beetle or its larva was the best method. I used garden clippers to cut off the part of the leaf on which the bugs were dining and let the leaf fall into a container of soapy water. I have not found eggs on the leaves. A friend told me that birds are also good at getting rid of this pesky bug. If you prefer to go the chemical route, some success is found using insecticides.
Watch for the adult false potato beetle, which is pictured above. This image comes from Jessica Lawrence, Spedona at Wikimedia Commons.