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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Bark beetle predators: strategies in the olfactory perception of prey species by clerid and trogositid beetle.
It is also conjectured that this clerid might feed on fat from the corpses (Payne & King, 1970).
If top predators drive dynamical interactions in this system, then plots with added clerid beetles should maintain a lower abundance of ants, and show some evidence of herbivore release, which causes a decrease in tree leaf area.
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.