Bugõs Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

Flea bee­tle

one-tenth of an inch long

Flea bee­tle is the generic name for the fam­ily of jump­ing leaf bee­tles that are of­ten very colour­ful, but rarely seen, be­cause they’re so tiny and quickly ping away when dis­turbed. These bounc­ing veg­etable ban­dits wreak havoc in gar­dens and fields alike. The first sign of their pres­ence is pin­holes in es­tab­lish­ing leaves; how­ever, if left, the en­tire plant will dis­ap­pear. Si­mon Lester

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