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dark′ling bee`tle(n.)

  1. any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on decaying plant matter.

    Category: Entomology

Princeton's WordNet

  1. darkling beetle, darkling groung beetle, tenebrionid(noun)

    sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain

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  1. Darkling beetle

    Darkling beetles are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species. Many of the beetles have black elytra, hence their common name. Apart from the 9 subfamilies listed here, the tribe Opatrini of the Tenebrioninae is sometimes considered a distinct family, and/or the Pimeliinae are included in the Tenebrioninae as a tribe Pimeliini. Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents, sunspiders, and lizards. Some species live in the dry Namib desert and have evolved modifications that help them collect water from the fog that condenses on their elytra. The larval stages of several species are cultured as feeder insects for captive insectivores, and include the very commonly known mealworms and superworms, and the lesser-known mini mealworms. When the beetle first hatches from the pupa stage, it will be a creamy white, then brown, and finally black.

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