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flea beetle

any leaf beetle of the genera Haltica, Epitrix, etc., the various species of which have the rear legs adapted for jumping.
Origin of flea beetle
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bordeaux mixture will also keep away the flea beetle to a large extent.

  • Guard against the flea beetle, cut worm, cabbage worm and cabbage maggot in the same manner as with cabbage.

    The Cauliflower A. A. Crozier
  • Remedies for the flea beetle will be found in another chapter.

    The Cauliflower A. A. Crozier
British Dictionary definitions for flea beetle

flea beetle

any small common beetle of the genera Phyllotreta, Chalcoides, etc, having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping: family Chrysomelidae. The larvae of many species are very destructive to turnips and other cruciferous vegetables
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