flour beetle
noun Date: 1888 any of various small darkling beetles (especially Tribolium confusum and T. castaneum) that typically feed on and lay eggs in stored grain and grain products

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  • Flour beetle — Flour beetles Scientific classification Domain: Eukaryota Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphyl …   Wikipedia

  • flour beetle — noun an insect that infests flour and stored grains • Syn: ↑flour weevil • Hypernyms: ↑darkling beetle, ↑darkling groung beetle, ↑tenebrionid • Member Holonyms: ↑Tribolium, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • flour beetle — any of several brown darkling beetles, esp. of the genus Tribolium, that infest, breed in, feed on, and often pollute flour, stored grain, and other stored produce. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • Confused flour beetle — Tribolium confusum Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Destructive flour beetle — Dark flour beetle Tribolium destructor Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • confused flour beetle — noun Etymology: so called from its being confused with the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) : a cosmopolitan beetle (Tribolium confusum) that feeds both as larva and adult chiefly on damaged grain called also bran bug * * * a brown flour… …   Useful english dictionary

  • red flour beetle — noun : a reddish brown beetle (Tribolium castaneum) that feeds on grain, cereals, stored fruits and other products * * * a reddish brown flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, that feeds on stored grain, dried fruit, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • confused flour beetle — a brown flour beetle, Tribolium confusum, that feeds on stored grain and grain products. [appar. so called because it is confused with similar beetles] * * * …   Universalium

  • red flour beetle — a reddish brown flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, that feeds on stored grain, dried fruit, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • confused flour beetle — noun A beetle of the species …   Wiktionary

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