spotted cucumber beetle

noun

Definition of 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

Examples of spotted cucumber beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Keep a close eye on your garden for pests and diseases," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of spotted cucumber beetle

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Spotted cucumber beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spotted%20cucumber%20beetle. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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