elm leaf beetle

a chrysomelid beetle, Galerucella luteola, of eastern North America, that feeds on the foliage of elm.

1880–85, Americanism

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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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