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darkling beetle

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noun

any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on dead or decaying plant material, fungi, stored grain, etc.

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Also called tenebrionid.

Origin of darkling beetle

First recorded in 1810–20

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