Colorado potato beetle


noun

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.

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Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.

Origin of Colorado potato beetle

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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