Colorado potato beetle


: a black-and-yellow striped beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) that feeds on the leaves of the potato

called also potato beetle, potato bug

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Examples of Colorado potato beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Colorado potato beetle and disease-spreading aphids have flourished with the changing climate, said Jim Dill, pest management specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. NBC News, 29 Nov. 2021 GreenLight Biosciences has an RNA spray targeting the Colorado potato beetle that’s currently being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency. (old) Matt Reynolds, Wired, 8 Nov. 2021 Harvest is effortless with no digging, and this method is suggested as a way to thwart the Colorado potato beetle. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, 21 May 2020 The bacterium targets agricultural pests, such as corn rootworm and Colorado potato beetle, but leaves pollinators like bees unharmed. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013

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Word History


colorado, state of the U.S.

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Colorado potato beetle was in 1866

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“Colorado potato beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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Colorado potato beetle

Col·​o·​ra·​do potato beetle
: a black-and-yellow striped beetle that feeds on the leaves of the potato

called also potato beetle, potato bug

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