any leaf beetle of the genera Haltica, Epitrix, etc., the various species of which have the rear legs adapted for jumping.
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Origin of flea beetle
First recorded in 1835–45
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The flea-beetle inflicts much damage on the potato, tomato, eggplant, and other garden plants.Agriculture for Beginners|Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for 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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