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water beetle

n.
Any of various aquatic beetles, especially the diving beetles of the family Dytiscidae, having a smooth oval body and flattened and fringed hind legs used for swimming.

water beetle

n
(Animals) any of various beetles of the families Dysticidae, Hydrophilidae, etc, that live most of the time in freshwater ponds, rivers, etc. See whirligig beetle

wa′ter bee`tle


n.
any of various aquatic beetles, as a predaceous diving beetle of the family Dytiscidae.
[1660–70]
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Noun1.water beetle - any of numerous aquatic beetles usually having a smooth oval body and flattened hind legs for swimmingwater beetle - any of numerous aquatic beetles usually having a smooth oval body and flattened hind legs for swimming
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Dytiscidae, family Dytiscidae - water beetles
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2015), but with further studies to improve our knowledge on Turkish water beetles, and filling gaps in our knowledge on diversity of water beetles more focus should be laid on little known and specific areas, places which are quite difficult to reach.
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This volume in the series focuses on the Elmidae, or riffle beetles, a moderately large cosmopolitan family of true water beetles, for which there has been no worldwide catalogue since 1910.
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However different kinds of Fish, Insects and Turtles, crabs, water beetles, Leeches, Moleskins and other invertebrates, hydrophytes etc are found in abundance.
SIR - Anyone visiting any of our local ponds this time of year will soon realise what a vital habitat our ponds and wetlands represent, with dragonflies and damselflies patrolling the skies and water boatman and water beetles sailing the waters.
Scientists who have studied the nutritional value of edible insects have found that red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles pack enough protein to rank with lean ground beef while having less fat per gram.
During my travels, I have eaten crickets, termites, water beetles, ants and grubs.
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In recent years, water beetles have been gaining attention in monitoring programmes and environmental assessments, due to the sensitivity of some families to environmental change (Hilsenhoff, 1977; Ribera and Foster, 1992; Ribera, 2000; Garcia-Criado and Fernandez-Alaez, 2001; Compen and CErEghino, 2003).
The Big Pond Dip results, published by Pond Conservation, show that two thirds of ponds had breeding dragonflies and damselflies, and three quarters of them contained water snails, pond skaters and water beetles.