Definition of spider beetle in English:

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spider beetle

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noun

A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance.
  • Family Ptinidae: Ptinus and other genera.
Example sentences
  • A number of insects that live within birds' nests can find their way indoors - such as carpet beetles, house moths, spider beetles and the martin bug.
  • Pupation of spider beetles often occurs in small cavities that they chew out of wood or other soft materials.
  • They get their common name, spider beetles, from the resemblance of adults to small spiders.

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