beetles


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beetles

members of the insect order Coleoptera. They are common intermediate hosts for tapeworms.

darkling beetles
this and other mealworms are common inhabitants of poultry houses and are suspected of aiding in the transmission of Marek's disease and other virus diseases and of attacking the skin of all types of birds. Their other importance is as a food source for captive reptiles and the like.
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The number of minute and obscurely coloured beetles is exceedingly great.
When we were at Bahia, an elater or beetle (Pyrophorus luminosus, Illig.
It ended as the majority of such jungle encounters end--one of the boasters loses his nerve, and becomes suddenly interested in a blowing leaf, a beetle, or the lice upon his hairy stomach.
So, as I was saying, I had gone down upon one knee, and was just reaching out a little stick to turn the Beetle over, when I saw a sight that made me draw back hastily and hold my breath, for fear of making any noise and frightening the little creature a way.
The Beetle murmured something that sounded like "I did look," and Sylvie went on again.
I think the Beetle must have shuddered at this idea, for Sylvie went on in a graver tone.
Well, well," I said, "perhaps you have - still I don't see them;" and I handed him the paper without additional remark, not wishing to ruffle his temper; but I was much surprised at the turn affairs had taken; his ill humor puzzled me - and, as for the drawing of the beetle, there were positively no antennæ visible, and the whole did bear a very close resemblance to the ordinary cuts of a death's-head.
And you think, then, that your master was really bitten by the beetle, and that the bite made him sick?
Hereupon Legrand arose, with a grave and stately air, and brought me the beetle from a glass case in which it was enclosed.
For if I should kill another bug or beetle I should surely cry again, and crying rusts my jaws so that I cannot speak.
Alice couldn't see who was sitting beyond the Beetle, but a hoarse voice spoke next.
There were beautiful butterflies, moths and strange bugs in the securing of which the scientist evinced great delight, though when one beetle nipped him firmly and painfully on his thumb his involuntary cry of pain was as real as that of any other person.