Flea beetle

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Flea beetle
Cabbage Flea Beetle
Adults and associated damage on cabbage
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Galerucinae
Tribe: Alticini

The Flea beetle is of the Chrysomelidae family. It is at its most troublesome between April and May during warm settled weather.


Attacks on leaves result in small, round holes which will affect growth and can kill seedlings. If disturbed; the beetles will jump.



Insecticidal soap may provide partial control. Garlic sprays, garlic extracts, onion and mint may all act as natural repellants.[1]


Pesticides include neem, rotenone, pyrethrin and sabadilla.


Treating seed with an insecticidal seed dressing before sowing will prevent an early attack.[2]



  1. Kuepper, G. (2003). "Flea Beetle: Organic Control Options". "National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  2. Hessayon. D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. ISBN 9780903505468.

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