A very large family of about 40,000 described beetles (Coleoptera), known as leaf beetles. The body of the adults is oval, cylindrical, with a bare, shinning dorsum which may have a metalic luster.

The hind legs of one group, the Alticinae or flea beetles, are strong, specialized for jumping. The adults and larvae may feed on the same plants, the latter sometimes developing within their hosts. Middle Eastern pests include Cassida vittata, Crioceris asparagi, Aulacophora foveicollis and Phyllotreta cruciferae.


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