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- n. In entomology A genus of beetles, of the family Chrysomelidæ, closely allied to Chrysomela, but differing from it in the form of last joint of the maxillary palpi, which is short, truncate, and not dilated. Many species from South and Central America are known. The few which are found in North America live upon solanaceous plants. The most familiar of these is the Colorado potato-beetle, D. decemlineata (Say), commonly known as the potato-bug. (See cut under
beetle.) Another very closely allied species, D. juncta (Germar), occurs in the eastern United States. This differs from the former in the arrangement of the black stripes on the elytra, the two outer ones being united behind, and in the color of the legs, which are entirely pale excepting a black femoral spot. The larvæ of the two species are distinguished by the black color of the head of D. decemlineata, that of D. juncta being pale.
- n. A genus of Lepidoptera.
- n. A genus of Polygastrica. Also Doryfera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of plant-eating beetles, including the potato beetle. See potato beetle.
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