Meloidae

plural noun

Me·​loi·​dae
mə̇ˈlōəˌdē,
-lȯiˌ-
: a widely distributed family of moderate-sized usually rather soft-bodied cylindrical beetles that exhibit a complex hypermetamorphosis during development, are often defoliators as adults, and include some whose larvae are beneficial predators on other insects see blister beetle, meloe

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Meloe, type genus + -idae

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“Meloidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Meloidae. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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