Definition of ambrosia beetle in English:

ambrosia beetle


  • A small dark wood-boring beetle, the adults and larvae of which feed on a fungus that they cultivate, called ambrosia.

    • ‘The Asian ambrosia beetle is very small but infestations can be quite obvious.’
    • ‘A non-native ambrosia beetle and its associated fungus are killing redbay trees in Florida and other southeastern states.’
    • ‘Then come ambrosia beetles and western oak bark beetles by the thousands, flocking to feed, tunnel out galleries, and lay their eggs.’
    • ‘It turns out that besides humans, four kinds of animal are known to farm fungi - leaf cutter ants, termites, ambrosia beetles, and marsh snails.’
    • ‘In 2003, we started trapping ambrosia beetles and other wood boring beetles in ornamental nurseries.’