flea beetle

Origin of flea beetle

First recorded in 1835–45
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Historical Examples of flea beetle

  • 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

flea beetle

  1. 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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