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beetle1 British & World English

An insect of a large order distinguished by having forewings that are typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra), which cover and protect the hindwings and abdomen

beetle2 British & World English

A very heavy mallet, typically with a wooden head, used for ramming, crushing, etc.

beetle3 British & World English

(Of a rock or a person’s eyebrows) project or overhang

bark beetle British & World English

A small wood-boring beetle that tunnels under the bark of trees, which may die if heavily infested

bee beetle British & World English

A hairy yellowish chafer with broad black stripes, which flies by day and is typically seen on flowers

dung beetle British & World English

A beetle whose larvae feed on dung, especially a scarab. The larger kinds place the dung in a hole before the eggs are laid, and some of them roll it along in a ball

flea beetle British & World English

A small jumping leaf beetle that can be a pest of plants such as crucifers

meal beetle British & World English

A dark brown beetle which is a pest of stored grain and cereal products

oil beetle British & World English

A slow-moving flightless beetle that releases a foul-smelling oily secretion when disturbed. The larvae develop as parasites in the nests of solitary bees

leaf beetle British & World English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on leaves and typically has bright metallic colouring. Some kinds are serious crop pests

musk beetle British & World English

A slender longhorn beetle that is dark metallic green and emits a musk-like scent

skin beetle British & World English

A beetle that feeds on carrion, hide, or similar material, and is sometimes a serious pest of stored goods

pill beetle British & World English

A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball

rove beetle British & World English

A long-bodied beetle with very short wing cases, typically found among decaying matter where it may scavenge or prey on other scavengers

stag beetle British & World English

A large dark beetle, the male of which has large branched jaws that resemble a stag’s antlers

wasp beetle British & World English

A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp

hide beetle British & World English

A dull brown scavenging beetle that feeds on stored hides and dried meat and may be a serious pest of warehouses

gold beetle British & World English

A leaf beetle with metallic gold coloration

black beetle British & World English

The common cockroach

carpet beetle British & World English

A small beetle whose larva (the woolly bear) is destructive to carpets, fabrics, and other materials

click beetle British & World English

A long, narrow beetle which can spring up with a click as a means of startling predators and escaping. Its larva is the wireworm

diving beetle British & World English

A predatory water beetle which has fringed back legs for swimming and which stores air under its wing cases while diving

fungus beetle British & World English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on fungi and is typically black with red or yellow markings

flour beetle British & World English

A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products

flower beetle British & World English

Any of a number of beetles that frequent flowers, in particular:

ground beetle British & World English

Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular:

grain beetle British & World English

A small beetle which infests grain stores and warehouses

museum beetle British & World English

A small dark beetle whose larvae can cause severe damage to carpets, stored goods, and zoological and entomological collections

sexton beetle British & World English

another term for burying beetle.

spider beetle British & World English

A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance

tiger beetle British & World English

A fast-running predatory beetle which has spotted or striped wing cases and flies in sunshine. The larvae live in tunnels from which they snatch passing insect prey

water beetle British & World English

Any of a large number of beetles that live in fresh water

khapra beetle British & World English

A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products

jewel beetle British & World English

A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colours and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and may be serious pests of timber

larder beetle British & World English

A brownish scavenging beetle which is a pest of stored products, especially meat and hides

ambrosia beetle British & World English

A small wood-boring beetle whose adults and larvae (called pinhole borers) feed on ambrosia produced by fungus in the wood

blister beetle British & World English

A beetle that, when alarmed, secretes a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects

biscuit beetle British & World English

A small beetle related to the furniture beetle, with larvae that feed on dried foodstuffs and stored products such as biscuits, pasta, and seeds

beetle-crusher British & World English

A large boot, shoe, or foot

burying beetle British & World English

A black beetle, typically with broad orange bands on its wing cases, which buries small animal carcasses to provide a food store for its larvae

cardinal beetle British & World English

A mainly bright red beetle with feathery or comb-like antennae, which typically lives under loose bark

carrion beetle British & World English

A beetle that feeds on decaying animal and plant matter

Colorado beetle British & World English

A yellow- and black-striped leaf beetle native to America, whose larvae are highly destructive to potato plants

darkling beetle British & World English

A dark-coloured nocturnal beetle, typically with reduced or absent wings

minotaur beetle British & World English

A black Eurasian dung beetle with three horns on the thorax, living in sandy areas

longhorn beetle British & World English

An elongated beetle with long antennae, the larva of which typically bores in wood

screech beetle British & World English

An oval convex water beetle with large eyes, which lives in muddy pools. When held it squeaks by rubbing the tip of the abdomen against the wing cases

soldier beetle British & World English

An elongated flying beetle with soft downy wing cases, typically found on flowers, where it hunts other insects

tobacco beetle British & World English

another term for cigarette beetle.


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