from The Century Dictionary.
- Gluttonous; of or pertaining to the Adephaga: as, adephagous beetles.
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Geometrid: larva which, when walking, alternately elevate and straighten the middle of their body: opposed to rectigrade; q.v. Geodephagous: = adephagous; q.v. Geodromica: terrestrial Heteroptera in which the antennae are not concealed.
Hydradephaga; - ous: applied to aquatic, predatory pentamerous beetles with filiform antennae: see adephagous.
Some adephagous larvae, notably those of the large carnivorous water-beetles (Dyticus), often destructive to tadpoles and young fish, have completely armoured bodies as well as long jointed legs.
Most of the adephagous larvae (fig. 13) have a pair of stiff processes on the ninth abdominal segment, and the insect, from its general likeness to a bristle-tail of the genus Campodea, is often called a _campodeiform_ larva (Brauer, 1869).