flea beetle

noun

Definition of flea beetle 

: any of a subfamily (Alticinae, especially genera Alticia and Epitrix) of small chrysomelid beetles with legs adapted for leaping that feed on foliage and include some that are agricultural pests

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Give Them Shelter Protect young plants with row covers like this Plant Protection Blanket to stave off flea beetles and provide a buffer against any unexpected temperature dips. Zoe Schaeffer, Good Housekeeping, "10 Tips For Growing Kale," 14 Feb. 2018 White traps lure whiteflies, plant bugs, cucumber beetles, and flea beetles. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Corn earworms, cabbage loopers, aphids, and flea beetles may also become a problem. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 Spearmint and peppermint are useful in attracting bees and repelling black flea beetles, ants, mosquitoes, white cabbage butterflies, aphids, and cabbage maggots. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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