Pests in nature come in all shapes and sizes.. But one jumping bug isn't chasing after dogs or cats... When one hears the word "Flea" on anything... it's kind of like talking "Ticks"... You Start To Itch!

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The Black Flea Beetle isn't actually a Flea, per se... Thank goodness!

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This little JUMPING, acrobatic, fastest multiplier that feels like comes in herds as they are a reckoning for MASS DESTRUCTION...

Just take a closer look at our GORGEOUS broccoli this summer...

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Seriously LOOK how massive the leaves are! 

The broccoli head(s) beginning to form...

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THEN you've all been there... One turns their head on mother nature... AND doesn't matter how much water one gives, fertilizer - the heck with you!... (Speaking of fertilizer... THAT TOO is gonna be another story for another day!)...

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Ya know... One of us... or Both of us may have told a story... or Two... or Twelve...

But to have a first crack at growing something, that Tigger doesn't even like to eat yet even he thought looked unbelievable to turn to look so bad... so bad...

You'd been left scratching your melon too!

This was 1... ONE week after the INVASION.

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This little Black Flea Beatle, aka The Crucifer Flea Beetle...

Aka for the scientific folk the Phyllotreta cruciferae Goeze.

Turns out The Crucifer Flea Beetle is the most serious insect pests of canola!

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North Dakota ranks #1 in Canola Production - This Beetle Costs ND $$$!!

Turns out the Crucifer flea beetle is the dominant flea beetle pest of canola. Adult flea beetles emerge in the spring and feed on the cotyledons and true leaves. When they emerge in large numbers, they can devastate a seedling canola field quickly; therefore, timely monitoring and management of this pest is important.

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Control costs for flea beetles exceed $300 million annually in North America, according to NDSU.


We learned the hard way, these pests attack broccoli too...

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AND they don't stop until total destruction has occurred!!

Feast or Famine as it seems like in farming to gardening...

Heck, don't get us started about ranching too...


Regardless, this story ends and another lesson was learned.

Never count your eggs before they hatch...

Or count on your harvest until it's on the table. 


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