Definition of jewel beetle in English:

jewel beetle

Syllabification: jew·el bee·tle


  • 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
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    • 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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