Flea beetle (Phyllotreta sp.)

Flea beetle (Phyllotreta sp.)

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Flea beetle (Phyllotreta sp.) jumping from part of a flower, high-speed photograph. This beetle is an important pest of garden and commercial plants, most often brassicas (such as cabbage and broccoli), but any young seedlings may be attacked. The beetle eats holes in leaves and stems, which can be fatal to a young plant. The flea beetle takes its name from the quick jump it uses to escape from predators. This beetle has jumped off the plant and opened its wings ready for flight.

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