Definition of spider beetle in English:

spider beetle


  • A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance.

    Family Ptinidae: Ptinus and other genera

    • ‘The two focal groups currently are spider beetles and dung beetles.’
    • ‘While spider beetles are common and widespread, they are not as abundant nor well known as other household pests.’
    • ‘Pupation of spider beetles often occurs in small cavities that they chew out of wood or other soft materials.’
    • ‘They get their common name, spider beetles, from the resemblance of adults to small spiders.’
    • ‘A number of insects that live within birds' nests can find their way indoors - such as carpet beetles, house moths, spider beetles and the martin bug.’