This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
W. H. P., Kingston, R. I., says: "My Asparagus for two years has been eaten by what at first seems to be a small black fly, which later turns to be a kind of slug or worm. These infest it from the latter part of the time of cutting for use, until after I have ceased to cut it. They eat the leaves until it looks as if a fire had run through it. Can you tell me a remedy for it or what will destroy the insects and not injure my Asparagus? And please tell me the best remedy, preventive or destroyer of the little green fly in the grapery".
[Tobacco smoke will kill aphis in the greenhouse. If the Asparagus beetle is here referred to, we do not know that any effectual remedy has been discovered. - Ed. G. M].