Definition of ambrosia beetle in English:

ambrosia beetle

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noun

  • A small wood-boring beetle whose adults and larvae (called pinhole borers) feed on ambrosia produced by fungus in the wood.
    • Genus Platypus (family Platypodidae), and Xyleborus and other genera (family Scolytidae)
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    • 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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