|any of a large family of beetles (Chrysomelidae) that includes more than 25,000 species, mostly leaf feeders and mostly brightly coloured, with a metallic sheen. It includes the notorious Colorado beetle, the bloody-nosed beetle and the flea beetles (Phyllotreta species) which attack young cabbage plants|
any of approximately 25,000 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that occur throughout the world but are concentrated in the tropics. They are oval, short-legged, with the antennae about half the body length, and tend to be less than 12 mm (0.5 inch) long. Many are important leaf feeding pests that feed on crop and ornamental plants. The family is divided into numerous subfamilies.
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