asparagus beetle love

asparagus beetle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of two small spotted chrysomelid beetles (Crioceris asparagi or C. duodecimpunctata) that feed on asparagus plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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