ground beetle

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ground beetle

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ground beetle

n
1. (Animals) any beetle of the family Carabidae, often found under logs, stones, etc, having long legs and a dark coloration
2. (Animals) any beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, feeding on plants and plant products
3. (Animals) any of various other beetles that live close to or beneath the ground
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ground′ bee`tle


n.
any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects.
[1840–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insectsground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Carabidae, family Carabidae - ground beetles
bombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbed
calosoma - any beetle of the genus Calosoma
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A spokesman for wildlife charity Buglife Wales, which investigated Mr Beynon's find, said: "The blue ground beetle is an impressive beast, a large beetle with a metallic purple-blue sheen.
"In January this year a population of the blue ground beetle was con-firmed in this wood by entomologists John Walters and Dave Boyce.
The rare blue ground beetle (Carabus intricatus) found in Skewen