Asparagus, brought from Europe by the early settlers, was grown as a cultivated crop in the United States for more than two centuries before it became troubled with insect pests of major importance. Eventually, however, and also from across the sea, there were introduced into America two of its enemies widely known in Europe since the earliest times as asparagus beetles. These, together with a native fly whose larva is called the asparagus miner, comprise the only insects seriously affecting the growing of asparagus in this country. It is true, however, that grasshoppers, plant bugs, cutworms and a few other insects now and then attack the asparagus plant, but these are usually not of sufficient importance to cause serious injury.
Drake, C. J. and Harris, H. M., "Asparagus Insects in Iowa" (1932). Circular. Paper 134.