clerid


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clerid

(ˈklɛrɪd)
n
(Zoology) a beetle that preys on other insects
adj
(Zoology) relating to beetles from the family Cleridae
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Noun1.clerid - predacious on other insectsclerid - predacious on other insects; usually brightly colored or metallic
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Cleridae, family Cleridae - beetles that prey on other insects
bee beetle - European beetle; infests beehives
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It is also conjectured that this clerid might feed on fat from the corpses (Payne & King, 1970).
No blowfly maggots were present on the carrion, but numerous adult histerids, trogids and staphylinids of various species, some adult silphids (Thanatophilus mutilatus), clerids (Necrobia rufipes) and dermestids (Dermestes maculatus), and a few larval muscids (Hydrotaea sp.
Carrion beetles, nitidulids, histerids, clerids, and rove beetles were encountered in the carrion.