harlequin-bug

harlequin bug

noun
a black stink bug, Murgantia histrionica, having red and yellow markings, that feeds on cabbages and other cruciferous plants.
Also called cabbage bug, calicoback, calico bug, harlequin cabbage bug.


Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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harlequin bug
 
n
a brightly coloured heteropterous insect, Murgantia histrionica, of the US and Central America: a pest of cabbages and related plants: family Pentatomidae

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