A small dark beetle that is frequently found in food stores, where it scavenges and preys on other insects.
- Tenebroides mauritanicus, family Cleridae.
- The cadelle may have been originally a predator under loose bark, as other species of the family are today.
- The cadelle is a beetle that is not common in stored grain.
- The cadelle is a species that normally hibernates, and it differs in this respect from a majority of the insect pests of stored grain and cereal products.
Mid 19th century: from French, based on Latin catella, catellus 'young (of an animal), little dog'.
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