Flea-beetle - definition of Flea-beetle by The Free Dictionary
|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
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.
A sunny spot is best and, because it's prone to the flea-beetle
(which eats numerous tiny holes in the leaves), it's worth covering the row with fleece.