Definition of ambrosia beetle in English:

ambrosia beetle

Syllabification: am·bro·sia bee·tle

noun

A small dark wood-boring beetle, the adults and larvae of which feed on a fungus that they cultivate, called ambrosia.
  • Genus Platypus (family Platypodidae), and Xyleborus and other genera (family Scolytidae)
More example sentences
  • Then come ambrosia beetles and western oak bark beetles by the thousands, flocking to feed, tunnel out galleries, and lay their eggs.
  • It turns out that besides humans, four kinds of animal are known to farm fungi - leaf cutter ants, termites, ambrosia beetles, and marsh snails.
  • In 2003, we started trapping ambrosia beetles and other wood boring beetles in ornamental nurseries.

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