One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of beetles that frequent flowers.
an elongated beetle with soft wing cases (chiefly of the family Melyridae).
a day-flying chafer (family Scarabaeidae).
a small dark beetle that frequently occurs in large numbers (family Nitidulidae).
- ‘The giant beetle is compared with a minute flower beetle enclosed in a red circle.’
- ‘I guess it will be a tricky one to ID beyond being a flower beetle.’
- ‘Biological control agents (a defoliating moth, a seed head weevil, and a flower beetle) provide from fair to good control of yellow toadflax.’
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