Definition of jewel beetle in English:

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jewel beetle

noun

A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colors and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and can be serious pests of timber.
  • Family Buprestidae: numerous genera
Example sentences
  • Scientists have calculated that the European jewel beetle Melanophila acuminata, about 1 cm. in length, can detect a 25-acre forest fire from 7.5 miles away.
  • The jewel beetle, Melanophila acuminate, is a living fire detector.
  • The University of Bonn uses the infrared-sensitive sensors of the jewel beetle as a template for a remote fire-sensitive network.
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