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
A very heavy mallet, typically with a wooden head, used for ramming, crushing, etc.
(Of a rock or a person’s eyebrows) project or overhang
I beetled off to the library
Any of various beetles which feed on bean plants; especially a bean weevil (family Chrysomelidae), or (in North America) the Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varivestis.
A ridge or bank made or set aside on cultivated land (and often sown with perennial grasses) to provide a suitable habitat for insects (especially aphid-eating beetles) and other creatures which prey on crop pests.
= pea weevil.
Any of various beetles that are pests of pine trees (usually with distinguishing word); especially a pine bark beetle or (formerly) a pine chafer.
Any of various chafers (family Scarabaeidae) whose larvae feed on the roots of grasses.
= rose chafer.
A small wood-boring beetle that tunnels under the bark of trees, which may die if heavily infested
A hairy yellowish chafer with broad black stripes, which flies by day and is typically seen on flowers
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
A small jumping leaf beetle that can be a pest of plants such as crucifers
A leaf beetle with metallic gold coloration
A dull brown scavenging beetle that feeds on stored hides and dried meat and may be a serious pest of warehouses
A small beetle that feeds chiefly on leaves and typically has bright metallic colouring. Some kinds are serious crop pests
A dark brown beetle which is a pest of stored grain and cereal products
A slender longhorn beetle that is dark metallic green and emits a musk-like scent
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
A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball
A long-bodied beetle with very short wing cases, typically found among decaying matter where it may scavenge or prey on other scavengers
A beetle that feeds on carrion, hide, or similar material, and is sometimes a serious pest of stored goods
A large dark beetle, the male of which has large branched jaws that resemble a stag’s antlers
A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp
Any of several large, slow-moving tenebrionid beetles of the genus Blaps; especially B. mucronata, which frequents cellars, outhouses, etc.
A kind of cicada (not identified).
A beetle which inhabits or infests plants; specifically a leaf beetle (family Chrysomelidae).
Any of numerous small beetles of the genus Meligethes (family Nitidulidae), the larvae and adults of which feed on the pollen of plants of the family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) and are a pest of agricultural crops; also called blossom beetle.
= poplar leaf beetle.
A wooden pestle for mashing potatoes.
A beetle which infests potato or sweet potato plants; specifically_(a) (more fully Colorado potato beetle) a yellow leaf beetle with longitudinal black stripes on the elytra, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, which is native to North America and whose red larvae are highly destructive to potato plants; (b) (more fully three-lined potato beetle) a yellow or reddish yellow leaf beetle with three longitudinal black stripes on each elytron, Lema trilineata, which is native to North America and infests potato plants and other plants of the family Solanaceae.
= rhinoceros beetle.
Any of various small aquatic beetles that live in fast-flowing water and crawl rather than swim; especially one of the herbivorous family Elmidae.
The common cockroach
A small beetle whose larva (the woolly bear) is destructive to carpets, fabrics, and other materials
A long, narrow beetle which can spring up with a click as a means of startling predators and escaping. Its larva is the wireworm
A predatory water beetle which has fringed back legs for swimming and which stores air under its wing cases while diving
A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products
Any of a number of beetles that frequent flowers, in particular:
A small beetle that feeds chiefly on fungi and is typically black with red or yellow markings
A small beetle which infests grain stores and warehouses
Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular:
A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colours and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and may be serious pests of timber
A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products
A brownish scavenging beetle which is a pest of stored products, especially meat and hides
A small dark beetle whose larvae can cause severe damage to carpets, stored goods, and zoological and entomological collections
Another term for burying beetle.
A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance