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ground beetle

n.
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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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Although many had incorrectly identified the beetles as cockroaches, Zinette Moussa, head of the entomology laboratory at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, said they were in fact Calosoma inquisitor, a species of ground beetle native to Europe and Asia Minor.
A new species of troglobitic ground beetle from China, less than half an inch in length (about 9 mm), is striking in the dramatic elongation of its head and prothorax, the body segment immediately behind the head to which the first pair of legs attached.
Vigna Taglianti et al., "Temporal dynamic of a ground beetle community of Eastern Alps (Coleoptera Carabidae)," Bulletin of Insectology, vol.
A ground beetle larva hangs from the throat of a critically endangered Amboli bush frog as it devours it and a doomed spotted deer turns an imploring gaze to the heavens as hungry crocodiles surround it in Sri Lanka's Yala National Park.
Species from the (https://www.britannica.com/animal/ground-beetle) ground beetle  and (https://www.britannica.com/animal/darkling-beetle) darkling beetle  families, which still exist in the area, are sound climate measures because they "are sensitive proxies for environmental change in the Los Angeles Basin," the study said.
Response of ground beetle (Carabidae) assemblages to logging history in northern hardwood-hemlock forests.
We evaluated habitat associations and the effects of prescribed burning on the ground beetle community inhabiting a mosaic of reconstructed prairie and surrounding forests in west-central Illinois.
Coleoptera: Ground beetle, Pasimachus punctatus Haldeman; Blister beetle, Pyrota postica Le Conte; Blister beetles, Epicauta spp.
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