Squash beetle


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Related to Squash beetle: squash bug, Mexican bean beetle
(Zool.) a small American beetle (Diabrotica vittata, syn. Galeruca vittata) which is often abundant and very injurious to the leaves of squash, cucumber, etc. It is striped with yellow and black. The name is applied also to other allied species.

See also: Squash

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