One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark-coloured nocturnal beetle, typically with reduced or absent wings.
Family Tenebrionidae: numerous genera and species
- ‘Eleodes extricata is a widespread, grassland darkling beetle classified as a scavenger, feeding primarily on decaying vegetation, fungi, and seeds.’
- ‘A new insecticide labelled for control of darkling beetles, hide beetles and flies, known as orthoboric acid, provides long residual control up to nine to twelve months or longer.’
- ‘Hide beetles are larger than darkling beetles, about 1/3 inch long, dark brown on top, with a mostly white undersurface (belly).’
- ‘In the field experiments, generalist aphids and darkling beetles were the dominant herbivores.’
- ‘Generally, pitfall trap data indicated that darkling beetles significantly preferred unmowed areas to mowed areas, while crickets showed no preference.’
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