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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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Bruchine chrysomelids are economically important pests of agricultural and stored products.
Similar percentage dehydration is tolerated by other beetles; certain tenebrionids tolerated >50 percent, chrysomelids survived up to 46 percent water loss, and two other cerambycids survived 35 to 40 percent weight loss (Gehrken and Somme 1994, Chen et al.
From this it might also be suggested that metallic colors in small jumping spiders (that are not related to the male ornamentation) might be a general mimicry of metallic chrysomelids.
Distribution ofadult defense glands in chrysomelids (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its significance in the evolution of defense mechanisms within the family.
The chrysomelids were mainly spotted cucumber beetles, Diabrotica undecimpunctata, a favored food of big brown and evening bats.
1984) generalized that most chrysomelids have a distinct preference for a single plant species as a host.
Temperature, humidity, photoperiod, host and natural enemy biology, nutrition, and the availability of alternative hosts influence the potential of chrysomelids to be mass reared in laboratory or nursery for experimental or field releases (Tauber et al.