Definition of Cleridae
1. Noun. Beetles that prey on other insects.
Generic synonyms: Arthropod Family
Group relationships: Coleoptera, Order Coleoptera
Member holonyms: Clerid, Clerid Beetle
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cleridae
Literary usage of Cleridae
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1899)
"cleridae.—Tarsi five-jointed; bnt the basal joint of the posterior very indistinct, ... The cleridae are very varied in form and colours; the antennae are ..."
2. Journal of the New York Entomological Society by New York Entomological Society (1904)
"The three cleridae are ... edly parasites of Lyctus and the little wasp is also a parasite of either Lyctus or one of the cleridae. ..."
3. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1903)
"The cleridae are prettily marked beetles, which are predaceous in both the larval and the perfect states. Mr. Metcalfe said that he had observed Clerus ..."