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Co·le·op·te·ra

(kō'lē-op'ter-ă),
An order of insects, the beetles, characterized by the possession of a pair of hard, horny wing covers overlying a pair of delicate membranous flying wings; it is the largest of the insect orders with the largest number of species of any animal or plant order.
[G. koleos, sheath + pteron, wing]
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Fig. 114 Coleoptera . Generalised structure.

Coleoptera

an order of insects, including beetles and weevils. The forewing is thick, leathery and veinless, and is called an elytrum. When closed, elytra meet along the midline and protect the membranous hindwings, which fold forward. Some of the approximately 280 000 species of Coleoptera are wingless, however. There is a complete METAMORPHOSIS.

Coleoptera

an order in the class Insecta—the beetles.
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kentucki from West Virginia (listed in order of importance) were ants, coleopterans, micro-gastropods, spiders, pseudoscorpions, collembolans, mites, and dipterans (Bailey, 1992).
Effects of mobility on daily attraction to light traps: comparison between lepidopteran and coleopteran communities.
These trace fossils have been interpreted as feeding and/ or domichnial traces of coleopteran (beetle) larvae, (Hasiotis 2002); decapod crustaceans (crayfish burrows), (Gierlowski-Kordesch 1985; Olsen 1988); and arthropods of unknown affinity (Frey et al.
Less abundant although still frequent are insects that exhibit morphological aquatic adaptations for locomotion or feeding strategies, such as coptoclavid coleopterans, chresmodids, dipterans larvae, odonates, anisopterans (see Fregenal-Martinez et al, 2007 for a summary).
punctatus showed a noticeable selection only for hemipterans, particularly family Lygaeidae, and slight sub-forage on coleopterans.
In addition, seven species (one pseudoscorpion, one collembolan, one bivalve, one ephemeropteran, and three trichopterans) are removed from the state list; a synthesis of new distributional records are added for two gastropods, one coleopteran, and one amphibian, and changes in nomenclature are provided for three gastropods and two coleopterans.
Relating to the diet, larval infective stages of trematodes as well as some nematodes develop in mollusks and coleopterans respectively.
Therefore some species of coleopterans became synantropic and because some of them are vectors of pathogens they are of great medical-veterinary importance (FRANCISCO, 1996).
In Clermont County, OH, coleopterans and hymenopterans were most frequently eaten (Brack and Finni 1987).
Every weekend it was the same absurd, tragic, hellish scene until he saw no alternative: Marcial Mendez got married and settled into Lucia's room, her bed, her sheets, her pillow: An extremely tidy oasis where she was isolated from invasions of arthropods and coleopterans.
The only paper with a strong ichnotaxonomic bent is by Genise, who discusses the classification and stratigraphic distribution of traces produced by coleopterans, ants, and termites.
Twenty individuals were captured and stomach contents showed a diet composed of coleopterans, orthopterans, other insects, myriapods, crabs, fishes and birds.