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beetle1 US English

An insect of an order distinguished by forewings typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra) that cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen

beetle2 US English

A tool with a heavy head and a handle, used for tasks such as ramming, crushing, and driving wedges; a maul

beetle3 US English

(Of a person’s eyebrows) project or overhang threateningly

bark beetle US English

A small wood-boring beetle that tunnels under the bark of trees, which die if heavily infested

bee beetle US English

A hairy yellowish chafer with broad black stripes, which flies by day and is typically seen on flowers

dung beetle US English

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

flea beetle US English

A small jumping leaf beetle that can be a pest of plants such as crucifers

gold beetle US English

A leaf beetle with metallic gold coloration

hide beetle US English

A dull brown scavenging beetle that feeds on stored hides and dried meat and may be a serious pest of warehouses

pill beetle US English

A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball

rove beetle US English

A long-bodied beetle with very short wing cases, typically found among decaying matter where it may scavenge or prey on other scavengers

skin beetle US English

A beetle that feeds on carrion, hide, or similar material, and is sometimes a serious pest of stored goods

stag beetle US English

A large dark beetle, the male of which has large branched jaws that resemble a stag’s antlers

wasp beetle US English

A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp

May beetle US English

another term for June bug.

meal beetle US English

A dark brown beetle which is a pest of stored grain and cereal products

musk beetle US English

A slender longhorn beetle that is dark metallic green and emits a musk-like scent

oil beetle US English

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

leaf beetle US English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on leaves and typically has bright metallic coloring. Some kinds are serious crop pests

black beetle US English

The common cockroach

click beetle US English

A long, narrow beetle that can spring up with a click as a means of startling predators and escaping. Its larva is the wireworm

carpet beetle US English

A small beetle whose larva (a woolly bear) is destructive to carpets, fabrics, and other materials

diving beetle US English

A predatory water beetle that has fringed back legs for swimming and stores air under its wing cases while diving

fungus beetle US English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on fungi and is typically black with red or yellow markings

flour beetle US English

A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products

flower beetle US English

Any of a number of beetles that frequent flowers, in particular

ground beetle US English

Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular a fast-running predatory beetle of the family Carabidae

grain beetle US English

A small beetle that infests grain stores and warehouses

jewel beetle US English

A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colors and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and can be serious pests of timber

khapra beetle US English

A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products

larder beetle US English

A brownish scavenging beetle that is a pest of stored products, especially meat and hides

sexton beetle US English

another term for burying beetle.

spider beetle US English

A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance

snout beetle US English

another term for weevil.

tiger beetle US English

A fast-running predatory beetle that has spotted or striped wing cases and flies in sunshine. The larvae live in tunnels from which they snatch passing insect prey

water beetle US English

Any of a large number of beetles that live in fresh water

museum beetle US English

A small dark beetle whose larvae can cause severe damage to carpets, stored goods, and zoological and entomological collections

ambrosia beetle US English

A small dark wood-boring beetle, the adults and larvae of which feed on a fungus that they cultivate, called ambrosia

beetle-crusher US English

A large boot, shoe, or foot

blister beetle US English

A beetle that, when alarmed or crushed, gives off a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects

biscuit beetle US English

A small beetle related to the furniture beetle, with larvae that feed on dried foodstuffs and stored products such as biscuits, pasta, and seeds

cardinal beetle US English

A mainly bright red beetle with feathery or comblike antennae. It typically lives under loose bark

carrion beetle US English

A beetle that feeds on decaying animal and plant matter and insect larvae

burying beetle US English

A black beetle that typically has broad orange bands on its wing cases. It buries small animal carcasses to provide a food store for its larvae

darkling beetle US English

A dark-colored nocturnal beetle, typically with reduced or absent wings

goliath beetle US English

A very large, boldly marked tropical beetle related to the chafers, the male of which has a forked horn on the head

Hercules beetle US English

A large tropical American rhinoceros beetle, the male of which has two long curved horns extending from the head and one from the thorax

Japanese beetle US English

A metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere

screech beetle US English

An oval convex water beetle with large eyes, which lives in muddy pools. When held it squeaks by rubbing the tip of the abdomen against the wing cases

soldier beetle US English

An elongated flying beetle with soft downy wing cases, typically found on flowers where it hunts other insects


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