n.1.(Zool.) A small beetle of the family Halticidæ, of many species. They have strong posterior legs and leap like fleas. The turnip flea-beetle (Phyllotreta vittata) and that of the grapevine (Graptodera chalybea) are common injurious species.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Michael Shannon, of David Bell Seeds, said, ``Kale can be wiped out in a matter of days by flea-beetle attack.
Good in stir-fries or salads, it does best in the sun - but cover with a fleece to help keep the flea-beetle away and prevent leaves getting riddled with tiny holes.