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elm leaf beetle

a chrysomelid beetle, Galerucella luteola, of eastern North America, that feeds on the foliage of elm.
Origin of elm leaf beetle
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • About the size and shape of a sunflower nutmeat, an elm leaf beetle is a feeble creature in my experience, breaking at any touch.
  • It shows moderate resistance to the elm leaf beetle.
  • The elm leaf beetle can produce as many as three generations in the summer, which can seriously weaken the tree.

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