Definition of Christmas beetle in English:

Christmas beetle

noun

  • Any of a number of South African or Australian cicadas or beetles that are abundant or noticeable during the summer.

    • ‘There are 35 species of Christmas beetles right across Australia, but most prefer the moister east and south easterly areas, especially near the coast.’
    • ‘The beetle pictured above is known as a Christmas beetle and would be familiar to many.’
    • ‘I grew up in Melbourne in the 60s and 70s where Christmas beetles were iridescent.’
    • ‘They are both Coleopterans, one is a Christmas beetle and one is a Mealworm beetle.’
    • ‘The life cycle of a Christmas beetle is from one to two years.’