ambrosia beetleany of various small beetles of the genera Anisandrus, Xyleborus, etc, that bore tunnels into solid wood, feeding on fungi growing in the tunnels: family Scolytidae (bark beetles) Asiatic beetlea Japanese scarabaeid beetle, Anomala orientalis, introduced into Hawaii and the northeastern US: a serious pest of sugar cane and cereal crops because it destroys the roots bacon beetlebark beetleany small beetle of the family Scolytidae, which bore tunnels in the bark and wood of trees, causing great damage. They are closely related to the weevils bee beetlea European beetle, Trichodes apiarius, that is often parasitic in beehives: family Cleridae black beetle or (N.Z.) kekerengu or Māori bugblister beetleany beetle of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion that blisters the skin bloody-nosed beetlea beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa, that exudes bright red blood when alarmed: family Chrysomelidae boll weevila greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bolls bombardier beetleany of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid burying beetle or sextona beetle of the genus Necrophorous, which buries the dead bodies of small animals by excavating beneath them, using the corpses as food for themselves and their larvae: family Silphidae cabinet beetlecardinal beetleany of various large N temperate beetles of the family Pyrochroidae, such as Pyrochroa serraticornis, typically scarlet or partly scarlet in colour carpet beetle or (U.S.) carpet bugany of various beetles of the genus Anthrenus, the larvae of which feed on carpets, furnishing fabrics, etc: family Dermestidae carrion beetleany beetle of the family Silphidae that track carrion by a keen sense of smell chaferany of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer Christmas beetle or king beetleany of various greenish-gold Australian scarab beetles of the genus Anoplognathus, which are common in summer churchyard beetlea blackish nocturnal ground beetle, Blaps mucronata, found in cellars and similar places click beetle, snapping beetle, or skipjackany beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backs cockchafer, May beetle, or May bugany of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses Colorado beetle or potato beetlea black-and-yellow beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, that is a serious pest of potatoes, feeding on the leaves: family Chrysomelidae curculioany of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees deathwatch beetlea beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum, whose woodboring larvae are a serious pest The adult produces a rapid tapping sound with its head that was once popularly supposed to presage death devil's coach-horsea large black rove beetle, Ocypus olens, with large jaws and ferocious habits diving beetleany of the aquatic predatory beetles of the widely distributed family Dytiscidae, characterized by flattened hindlegs adapted for swimming and diving dorany European dung beetle of the genus Geotrupes and related genera, esp G. stercorarius, having a droning flight dung beetle or chaferany of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung elateran elaterid beetle fireflyany nocturnal beetle of the family Lampyridae, common in warm and tropical regions, having luminescent abdominal organs flea beetleany small common beetle of the genera Phyllotreta, Chalcoides, etc, having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping: family Chrysomelidae. The larvae of many species are very destructive to turnips and other cruciferous vegetables furniture beetleglow-worma European beetle, Lampyris noctiluca, the females and larvae of which bear luminescent organs producing a greenish light: family Lampyridae gold beetle or goldbugany American beetle of the family Chrysomelidae having a bright metallic lustre goldsmith beetleany of various scarabaeid beetles that have a metallic golden lustre, esp the rose chafer goliath beetleany very large tropical scarabaeid beetle of the genus Goliathus, esp G. giganteus of Africa, which may grow to a length of 20 centimetres ground beetleany beetle of the family Carabidae, often found under logs, stones, etc, having long legs and a dark coloration hercules beetlehuhua New Zealand beetle, Prionoplus reticularis, with a hairy body Japanese beetlea scarabaeid beetle, Popillia japonica, that eats the leaves and fruits of various plants: accidentally introduced into the US from Japan June bug, June beetle, May bug, or May beetleany of various large brown North American scarabaeid beetles that are common in late spring and early summer, esp any of the genus Polyphylla ladybird or (U.S. & Canad.) ladybugany of various small brightly coloured beetles of the family Coccinellidae, such as Adalia bipunctata (two-spotted ladybird), which has red elytra marked with black spots larder beetlea small, mostly black dermestid beetle (Dermestes lardarius) whose larvae feed on dead animal matter, cheese, etc. leaf beetleany of a large family of beetles (Chrysomelidae) that includes more than 25,000 species, mostly leaf feeders and mostly brightly coloured, with a metallic sheen. It includes the notorious Colorado beetle, the bloody-nosed beetle and the flea beetles (Phyllotreta species) which attack young cabbage plants leather beetlelongicornany beetle of the family Cerambycidae, having a long narrow body, long legs, and long antennae May beetle, cockchafer, or June bugany of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses museum beetleoil beetleany of various beetles of the family Meloidae that exude an oily evil-smelling blood from their joints, which deters enemies pill beetlea very common beetle, Byrrhus pilula, typical of the family Byrrhidae, that can feign death by withdrawing legs and antennae into grooves underneath the oval body rhinoceros beetleany of various scarabaeid beetles having one or more horns on the head, esp Oryctes rhinoceros, a serious pest on coconut plantations rose chafer or rose beetlea British scarabaeid beetle, Cetonia aurata, that has a greenish-golden body with a metallic lustre and feeds on plants rove beetleany beetle of the family Staphylinidae, characterized by very short elytra and an elongated body: typically they are of carnivorous or scavenging habits scarabany scarabaeid beetle, esp Scarabaeus sacer (sacred scarab), regarded by the ancient Egyptians as divine scavenger beetleany beetle of the mostly aquatic family Hydrophilidae, having clubbed antennae and long palps, and usually feeding on decaying vegetation snapping beetlesnout beetlesoldier beetlea yellowish-red cantharid beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, having a somewhat elongated body Spanish flya European blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria (family Meloidae), the dried bodies of which yield the pharmaceutical product cantharides stag beetleany lamellicorn beetle of the family Lucanidae, the males of which have large branched mandibles tiger beetleany active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs timberman beetletortoise beetlea metallic-coloured leaf beetle of the genus Cassida, in which the elytra and terga cover the body like a shell vedaliaan Australian ladybird, Rodolia cardinalis, introduced elsewhere to control the scale insect Icerya purchasi, which is a pest of citrus fruits water beetleany of various beetles of the families Dysticidae, Hydrophilidae, etc, that live most of the time in freshwater ponds, rivers, etc weevil or snout beetleany beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products weevil, pea weevil, or bean weevilany beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products whirligig beetleany flat-bodied water beetle of the family Gyrinidae, which circles rapidly on the surface of the water ▷ See beetle
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