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cereal leaf beetle

noun
1.
an Old World leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus, introduced into North America in 1962: a serious pest of small grains, especially oats and cereal grasses.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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  • The feeding damage by cereal leaf beetle was determined on the flag leaf as a percentage of the whole surface.
  • cereal leaf beetle populations were large, but damage was difficult to determine.
  • cereal leaf beetle infestations were heavier than last year's and required control in some locations.
  • cereal leaf beetle and alfalfa weevil problems appear to have run their course.
  • Developing small grains resistant to the cereal leaf beetle.

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