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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.
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(ˌkrɪsəˈmɛlɪd) entomol
a vibrantly-coloured beetle belonging to the family Chrysomelidae that eats the leaves of plants
relating to the Chrysomelidae
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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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Further studies in chrysomelid beetles should evaluate to which extent food specialization, resource availability or temperature stress differ among species at different altitudes, shaping individual physiology response and morphology (Chown & Klok, 2003; Sorensen, Nony, Scannapieco, & Loeschcke, 2005).
(1951b) Notes on Chrysomelid beetles of the subfamily Chlamisinae, with descriptions of new species.
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(2001) offered three Solanaceae species to larvae of the chrysomelid Lema bilineata (Germar) in free choice and non-choice tests.
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.
The toxic effects of direct pesticide exposure for a nontarget weed-dwelling chrysomelid beetle (Gastrophysa polygoni) in cereals.
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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.), MDM-Sementes de Algodao[R] for the seeds of both varieties used in the experiment and CNPq for the grant awarded to the first author.
Herbivore damage to ferns caused by a chrysomelid beetle from lower gangetic plains of West Bengala, India.