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Colorado potato beetle

noun
1.
a black and yellow leaf beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, originally of Colorado and neighboring states but now a common pest in all potato-growing regions of the U.S.
Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.
Origin of Colorado potato beetle
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70
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