flea beetle

noun

: 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

Examples of flea beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This plant's biggest pest, the dichondra flea beetle, has been a problem in western states. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 Bonide sells several products that are effective against flea beetles. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 Grape flea beetles Small black beetles with enlarged hind legs for jumping. The Arizona Republic, 14 Feb. 2024 Dill and marigolds are also great companion plants that ward off flea beetles. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2023 While not widespread garden pests because many of our other vegetables don’t suit them, this particular flea beetle can still hamper the productivity of callaloo. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 16 Feb. 2023 Before using any pesticide, read the label and ensure that use of the compound is registered for alder flea beetle control. oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2022 One problem Burgundy producers face is that the European Union has banned an insecticide long used to combat the black flea beetle, a scourge. New York Times, 14 July 2022 Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and potato indicate flea beetle attack. oregonlive, 1 May 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'flea beetle.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flea beetle was in 1842

Dictionary Entries Near flea beetle

Cite this Entry

“Flea beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flea%20beetle. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on flea beetle

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!