Definition of pill beetle in English:

pill beetle


  • A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball.

    • ‘Most species retract their legs and antennae into ventral recesses and become motionless when disturbed, leading to the common name of pill beetle.’
    • ‘The Species Audit includes nationally threatened species such as the bittern, along with those of regional significance such as the mire pill beetle.’