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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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The case for a general role for chrysomelids in community regulation.
We did not use overall compilations of host plant use in chrysomelids, because these do not focus as closely on the biology of individual species.
Thus it appears that SG-using leaf beetles and their relatives may be more palatable to a broad range of predators than are many other chrysomelids.
1984) generalized that most chrysomelids have a distinct preference for a single plant species as a host.
Bruchine chrysomelids are economically important pests of agricultural and stored products.