asparagus beetle

noun
either of two leaf beetles of the genus Crioceris that feed on the asparagus plant in both the larval and adult stages.

Origin:
1805–15

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asparagus beetle

any member of two genera that are important pests of the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae (order Coleoptera). The adult beetles are red, yellow, and black in colour, and about 7 mm (almost 0.3 inch) long. They feed on and deposit oval black eggs on young asparagus plants.

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The spotted asparagus beetle is slightly larger than the common asparagus beetle.
Common asparagus beetle was present but not a severe problem during the growing season.
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