Definition of Darkling beetle
1. Noun. Sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain.
Generic synonyms: Weevil
Group relationships: Family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae
Specialized synonyms: Flour Beetle, Flour Weevil
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Literary usage of Darkling beetle
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1. Hands-On Science 20 Themes by Jo Ellen Moore, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kay Ballantyne, Sarah Martin, Marilyn Evans, Ann Iosa (2003)
"In this unit, students examine the life cycle stages of a flowering plant (garden pea plant) and an insect (darkling beetle). The life cycle of the insect ..."
2. Teachers' Manual: Or, the Best Method of Teaching the Natural History of by Matthew Cooke (1884)
"119, darkling beetle ; Fig. 138, beetle which produces the grub commonly known as the Flat-headed Apple-tree Borer, and Fig. 139, the June Beetle. ..."
3. Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Physiological Series of by Richard Owen, Royal College of Surgeons of England Museum (1840)
"... darkling beetle. No. 2354. Order ORTHOPTERA. Species, Locusta serrata, Serrated Locust. No. 443. Genus, Locusta ? Locust. Nos. ..."
4. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Chambers, W. and R., publ (1876)
"It is sometimes called darkling beetle, and CHURCHYARD BEETLE, sometimes neems to share with the Cockroach (qv) the appellation of BLACK BEETLE. ..."