Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any beetle of the family Telephoridæ. The Pennsylvania soldier-beetle, Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus, is common in the United States. The beetles live upon pollen, but their larvæ are carnivorous and destroy other insects. The two-lined soldier-beetle. Telephorus bilineatus, is also common in the United States. It preys upon the larvæ of the codling-moth.
- n. Any of several beetles, of the family Cantharidae, that are predators of aphids and other insects
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) an American carabid beetle (Chauliognathus Americanus) whose larva feeds upon other insects, such as the plum curculio.
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