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Sunday, 16 February 2014

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Easily confused with its close cousin the False Potato Beetle which prefers cocaine-rich coca plants

Denver, Colorado - A bug traditionally brought up ravaging the potato crop has suddenly acquired more fanciful tastes and begun running riot through Colorado's first legal statewide cannabis harvest.

The Colorado Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, also known as the Colorado Potato Beetle or 'that at wretched potato bug', is described as a thuggish 10 mm (0.39 in) long bright yellow/orange bodied starch sucker with five bold brown stripes along the length of each of its elytra. (Don't ask!)

This weekend an infestation of several million were seen heading their way to the newly established Denver Hydroponics Cannabis Farm where weedologists monitoring bugs and vermin were on standby for any assault.

Commenting on the imminent disaster for the state's fledgling pot growing industry a nurseryman explained that the Colorado beetle can easily be confused with its close cousin and look-alike, the False Potato Beetle which prefers cocaine-producing coca leaves to humble cannabis sativa.

Confused?

Only after a spliff or two.

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