black beetle

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black beetle (plural black beetles)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see black,‎ beetle.
  2. The oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis (a large roach from the family Blattidae).
  3. (New Zealand) Maoriblatta novaeseelandiae (syn. Platyzosteria novae-zelandiae), a similar roach native to New Zealand; Maori bug.
  4. A common name for many species of beetle that are black in color, including:
    1. The African black beetle, Heteronychus arator, a serious pest of grasses in New Zealand.
    2. The Asiatic rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, a pest of palm trees in tropical Asia.
    3. The European species, Pterostichus nigrita (syn. Feronia nigrita).


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