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- n. Achrysomelid beetle, the notorious Doryphora decemlineata, which up to 1855 or 1856 lived in the Rocky Mountain region, feeding upon the wild Solanum rostratum, but which, as the cultivated potato reached its habitat, increased enormously and began to spread to the east. In 1874 it reached the Atlantic coast at several points, and it has since been a pest in almost the entire country. It has several times made its way to Europe, but has been stamped out. Both larva and beetle feed upon the leaves of the potato, and the pupa is formed in the earth at the foot of the plant. There are three generations annually, and the perfect beetles hibernate. The most common and effective remedy is Paris green. See cut under
- n. A meloid beetle, Epicauta vittata. Also called the old-fashioned potato-beetle.
“If the potato-beetle is troubling the potatoes, add paris-green to the Bordeaux mixture -- a teaspoonful to every two gallons.”
“The potato-beetle, giant water-bug, eastern swallow-tail butterfly, and promothea moth are insects suitable as types to be studied by the pupils of Form I.”
“Bridget was not waiting for him behind the door with the potato-beetle as she did on days of great irritation.”
“This was written before the potato-beetle made its appearance.”
“Mash them when quite hot, using a potato-beetle for the purpose; add to them a piece of fresh butter, and a little salt, and, if convenient, some milk, which will greatly improve them.”
“Break up and mash them with a potato-beetle, or a rolling-pin.”
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