ground beetle


Definition of ground beetle

: any of a large cosmopolitan family (Carabidae) of soil-inhabiting usually carnivorous often shiny black or metallic beetles commonly having fused elytra

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Recent Examples on the Web This is perhaps the most unusual beetle in the hugely diverse Carabidae family of ground beetles. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 Natural controls of spiders, big-eyed bugs, ground beetles and a variety of parasites already in your lawn may help eliminate these turf pests. Tom Maccubbin,, "Red blooms turn out to be blood lilies," 22 June 2019 Tick off the number and species of each organism observed, such as centipedes, ground beetles, and spiders. Julie Monahan, Good Housekeeping, "10 Easy Soil Tests," 9 Sep. 2015 This one was found in a cave in Guangxi province, and southern China is home to many caves and ground beetles. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 Location: China Du’an Karst, a system of limestone caves in China’s Guangxi province, is a veritable kingdom of cave-dwelling ground beetles. Sean Greene,, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 But still, the wide-ranging study shows a surprising amount of life thriving in the cemetery, finding 604 species of plants and animals, including five species of bat, 39 species of ground beetle, 44 species of birds, and 64 species of spider. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Graveyards Are Better for Animals Than Parks," 13 July 2016 Earthworms, ground beetles and other organisms will move it down into the soil and around the plant roots where it is needed. Melinda Myers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Give perennial gardens a boost in two easy steps," 11 Sep. 2017

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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