Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular:
- A fast-running predatory beetle, typically black in colour (family Carabidae). (nocturnal ground beetle) another term for darkling beetle.
- Another aspect of control is to protect natural mosquito predators such as dragonflies, ants, ground beetles, spiders, water striders, frogs and snails.
- Many insects, such as ground beetles, hoverflies and ladybirds, can keep pests under control - but not if they've been destroyed by chemical sprays.
- Various beetles such as firefly larvae and ground beetles feed on slugs.
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