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.

Origin of Colorado potato beetle

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.
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British Dictionary definitions for colorado beetle

Colorado beetle

noun
  1. a black-and-yellow beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, that is a serious pest of potatoes, feeding on the leaves: family ChrysomelidaeAlso called: potato beetle
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