This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Prof. J. A. Leitner contributes an interesting paper to the Country Gentleman on this insect. It is a long known pest in the old world, having been named by Linnaeas, Crioceris asparagi. It is often attacked by a black parasitic fly, which will sometimes almost sweep the enemy out of some districts. It is a pretty beetle, having shining red, black and yellow colors; one-fourth of an inch in length, and half as broad; head, black; thorax tawny red, marked more or less distinctly with two black spots. The wing covers are punctured in rows, and are of lemon color, broken into three spots upon each by a black stripe along their junction, a transverse band a little behind their middle, and an interrupted band near their tips. Outwardly the wing covers are bordered with orange. The body beneath, and legs are shining black. They come out as the young shoots come from the ground and feed on the plant, as also do the larvae. They have about three broods a season. Freshly slacked lime dusted over the asparagus when the larvae appear, has been found by Mr. A. S. Fuller an effectual remedy.