What is beetle?

  • (verb): Fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle.
    Example: "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Coleoptera ( /koʊliːˈɒptərə/) is an order of insects commonly called beetles. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek κολεός, koleos, meaning "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing". The reason for the name is that most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body. The superficial consistency of most beetles' morphology, in particular their possession of elytra, has long suggested that the Coleoptera are monophyletic, but there is growing evidence that this is unjustified, there being arguments for example, in favour of allocating the current suborder Adephaga their own order, or very likely even more than one.

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Lytta Magister
... Lytta magister (also known as the desert blister beetle or master blister beetle) is a species of blister beetle found in southwestern North America ...
Lissotes Latidens
... Lissotes latidens, commonly known as the Wielangta stag beetle or broad-toothed stag beetle, is a species of stag beetle which is only found in an area centred in Wielangta Forest in eastern Tasmania ... The broad-toothed stag beetle has been recorded at less than 40 sites, scattered across an area of 280 square kilometres (110 sq mi), since it was first discovered in 1871 ... Stag beetles are an ancient lineage thought to have evolved with the dinosaurs over 200 million years ago ...
List Of Threatened Fauna Of Michigan - Insects - Beetles
... There are six species of threatened beetles in Michigan ... Two species of beetles with populations in Michigan are listed as federally endangered ... hungerfordi Hungerford's crawling water beetle Endangered Endangered Dryobius sexnotatus Six-banded longhorn beetle Threatened Liodessus cantralli Cantrall's bog ...
Beetles in Relation To People - Beetles in Modern Cultures
... Beetles still play roles in modern culture ... and mating competition of certain species of large beetles ... Among beetles the most popular are large species of Stag Beetle, Rhinoceros Beetle, Kabutomushi, and Goliath Beetle ...

More definitions of "beetle":

  • (noun): A tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing.
    Synonyms: mallet
  • (noun): Insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings.
  • (verb): Beat with a beetle.
  • (verb): Be suspended over or hang over.
    Synonyms: overhang
  • (adj): Jutting or overhanging.
    Example: "Beetle brows"
    Synonyms: beetling

Famous quotes containing the word beetle:

    After the planet becomes theirs, many millions of years will have to pass before a beetle particularly loved by God, at the end of its calculations will find written on a sheet of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The new kings of the world will live tranquilly for a long time, confining themselves to devouring each other and being parasites among each other on a cottage industry scale.
    Primo Levi (1919–1987)

    Ere the bat hath flown
    His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons
    The shard-born beetle with his drowsy hums
    Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done
    A deed of dreadful note.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The sense of death is most in apprehension,
    And the poor beetle that we tread upon
    In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
    As when a giant dies.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)