harlequin bug


noun

a black stink bug, Murgantia histrionica, having red and yellow markings, that feeds on cabbages and other cruciferous plants.

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Also called cabbage bug, calicoback, calico bug, harlequin cabbage bug .

Origin of harlequin bug

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for harlequin bug

harlequin bug

noun

a brightly coloured heteropterous insect, Murgantia histrionica, of the US and Central America: a pest of cabbages and related plants: family Pentatomidae
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