spotted cucumber beetle


: a rather slender greenish-yellow beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi) that feeds as an adult on various ornamental and crop plants and is a vector of wilt disease especially of cucumbers and melons

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Indiana bat and other bats are important in many ways, Scott said, including their appetite for the spotted cucumber beetle, an agriculture pest. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2022 Stubborn pests like spotted cucumber beetles and flea beetles can be killed with nontoxic products like spinosad, essential oil products and orange oil. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spotted cucumber beetle was in 1923

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“Spotted cucumber beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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