water beetle


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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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It has an incredible array of insects and at least 33 species of water beetle alone have been recorded.
The museum's own most recent discovery concerns the humble water beetle, the male of which does not like to take no for an answer.
Longley G and Spangler PJ: The larva of a new subterranean water beetle, Haideoporus texanus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae).
Even Toe Biter, the giant water beetle, paddled away.
Two colonies of the lesser silver water beetle were discovered during separate surveys by Wrexham County Borough Council at The Cloy, near Overton-on-Dee.
Dilcher of the University of Florida in Gainesville provide a simpler explanation, Within hours of resin dropping into water from a damaged pine tree, a variety of organisms--including the water beetle shown here--became stuck.
Then one day about a year ago, local entomologist Dennis Sheridan discovered a beetle, a water beetle to be exact, basically swimming through the sand, gobbling up microscopic bits of food between the grains.
3,600 adults of the long-toed water beetle Postelichus immsi (Coleoptera: Dryopidae) crawling upstream concurrent with upstream recession of surface water in the Santa Maria River, La Paz and Mohave counties, Arizona.
Spangler PJ: The bionomics, immature stages, and distribution of the rare predacious water beetle, Hoperius planatus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).
Experts were excited to find a rare water beetle, acilius canaliculatus, in large numbers across the forest.
For example, tadpoles of the wood frog Rana sylvatica grew extra-deep tail fins when sharing a tub with a threatening mud minnow or a dragonfly larva, a somewhat deep tail fin when raised with a less dangerous newt, but nothing special when exposed to a more innocuous water beetle.
The water beetle bears little resemblance to similar American beetles, seeming instead to be derived from those native to Eurasia.