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asparagus beetle

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small spotted beetle (Crioceris asparagi) that infests and damages asparagus plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small beetle (Crioceris asparagi) injurious to asparagus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to two species of leaf-beetles (Crioceridæ) of the genus Crioceris, C. asparagi (Linnæus) and C. duodecimpunctata (Linnæus), which prey upon the asparagus-plant.

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  • "Asparagus is a useful companion plant for tomatoes," Wikipedia opines. "The tomato plant repels the asparagus beetle, as do several other common companion plants of tomatoes, meanwhile asparagus may repel some harmful root nematodes that affect tomato plants."

    This makes a curious, if utterly unscientific, sort of sense: red/green, long/round, vegetable/fruit...

    April 28, 2008