darkling beetle


Definition of darkling beetle

: any of a family (Tenebrionidae) of firm-bodied, mostly dark-colored, nocturnal beetles that feed on vegetation and often have vestigial and functionless wings and whose larvae are usually hard, cylindrical worms (such as a mealworm)

called also tenebrionid

Examples of darkling beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pelagic fish with ultra-black skin can hide in plain sight, and darkling beetle larvae can digest polystyrene. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 15 Sep. 2020 The scientists found, for example, that darkling beetle larvae, commonly reported to be 58 to 65 percent protein, are only 49 percent. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of darkling beetle

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Darkling beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darkling%20beetle. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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