Definition of Potato beetle

1. Noun. Black-and-yellow beetle that feeds in adult and larval stages on potato leaves; originally of eastern Rocky Mountains; now worldwide.

Definition of Potato beetle

1. Noun. the Colorado beetle, Leptinotarsa decimlineata ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Potato Beetle

potato bean
potato beetle (current term)
potato beetles
potato blight
potato bread
potato bug
potato bugs
potato cake
potato chaser
potato chasers
potato chip
potato chips
potato cod
potato crisp
potato crisps
potato disease

Literary usage of Potato beetle

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1. Rural Affairs by John Jacob Thomas (1869)
"This is the TEN-LINED POTATO-BEETLE, Doryphora \o-lineata, a figure of which is presented in the accompanying cut. This beetle is of a regular oval form, ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1874)
"The Colorado Potato-Beetle.—Some time since Prof. ... or Colorado potato-beetle, would reach the Atlantic States in 1878, the prediction being based on the ..."

3. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1889)
"I noticed last summer that great numbers of the Colorado potato beetle were ... The Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeds upon the Colorado potato beetle in all its ..."

4. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1877)
"The ten-lined nuisance is a potato-beetle, " if you call him short," and his mission is the devouring of the potato all over the Western States of America, ..."

5. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1874)
"... potato beetle, which, spreading of late from the Kooky Mountains, where it fed on wild potatoes, has now overrun much of the adjoining territory, ..."

6. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"Method—The study of the potato-beetle naturally follows and belongs to ... What is the shape of the potato-beetle? Describe the markings on its head. ..."

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