Any member of the beetle subfamily Alticinae (family Chrysomelidae), found worldwide. It is tiny (less than 0.25 in. [6 mm] long) and dark or metallic in colour. The enlarged hind legs are adapted for jumping. Flea beetles are important pests of cultivated plants (e.g., grapes, cucumbers, melons, tobacco, potatoes, and tomatoes). The adults feed on the leaves, the larvae on the roots. Some flea beetles carry plant diseases (e.g., early potato blight).
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Effects of starvation and mating status on the activity of the flea beetle, Phyllotreta nemorum (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Aug 10, 2010; Key words. Chrysomelidae, Phyllotreta nemorum, female movement, flight activity, mating status, starvation Abstract. Flea beetles...
Outwitting the Pesky Flea Beetle (Posted 2013-06-26 23:16:35) ; the Flea Beetle, Which You'll Need a Magnifying Glass to Get a Good Look at, Turns Garden Foliage to Lace
Jun 26, 2013; The flea beetles were so small that it was hard to see them with the naked eye. Under a magnifying glass, they were easy to...