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 (krĭs′ə-mĕl′ĭd, -mē′lĭd)
Any of various plant-eating beetles of the family Chrysomelidae, which includes the Colorado potato beetle.

[From New Latin Chrȳsomēla, type genus, from Greek khrūsomēlon, quince : khrūso-, chryso- + mēlon, apple.]

chrys′o·mel′id adj.


(ˌkrɪsəˈmɛlɪd) entomol
a vibrantly-coloured beetle belonging to the family Chrysomelidae that eats the leaves of plants
relating to the Chrysomelidae
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chrysomelid - brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaveschrysomelid - brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaves; larvae infest roots and stems
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
flea beetle - any small leaf beetle having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping
Colorado beetle, Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, potato beetle, potato bug - black-and-yellow beetle that feeds in adult and larval stages on potato leaves; originally of eastern Rocky Mountains; now worldwide
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Huang, McAuslane, & Nuessly, (2003) found that latex has an inhibiting effect on chrysomelid beetles when applied to the surface of the leaf of its preferred host.
Baker SC, Elek JA, Bashford R, Paterson SC, Madden J and Battaglia M (2003) Inundative release of coccinellid beetles into eucalypt plantations for biological control of chrysomelid leaf beetles.
More recently, they have also been noted in sponges (Thompson et al, 1985; Kubanek et al, 2000) and in chrysomelid beetles (Plasman et al, 2000a, b).
2009 Population fluctuations of light-attracted chrysomelid beetles in relation to supra-annual environmental changes in a Bornean rainforest.
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The toxic effects of direct pesticide exposure for a nontarget weed-dwelling chrysomelid beetle (Gastrophysa polygoni) in cereals.
The authors thank Sergio Vanin (Universidade de Sao Paulo) for identifying the chrysomelid Jansonius boggianii subaeneus, Rogerio Silvestre and Manoel Fernando Demetrio (Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados) for identifying the ants (Solenopsis invicta e Atta sp.
Herbivore damage to ferns caused by a chrysomelid beetle from lower gangetic plains of West Bengala, India.
This work is the first reference of other chrysomelid species which used the blueberry as a food resource in our country.
2007) therefore argued that chrysomelid beetles radiated long after the origin of angiosperms and that their diversification was driven by repeated radiation on a pre-existing diverse resource, rather than ancient host associations.
She observed and described Bs and their erratic meiotic behavior in chrysomelid beetles of the genus Diabrotica (Stevens 1908b, 1912b).
Sequestration of cucurbitacin analogs by new and old world chrysomelid leaf beetles in the tribe Luperini.