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beetlebrain

A stupid person. Did you hear that guy's ridiculous question? Geez, what a beetlebrain.

ground beetle

Any of several families of beetles that are primarily found on or near the ground. Milly screamed and ran across the back yard after she overturned a stone and disrupted a group of ground beetles.
See also: beetle, ground

beetle

n. the original Volkswagen automobile. I remember when people used to put big windup keys on their beetles to make them look like windup toys.

beetlebrain

(ˈbidlæbren)
n. a stupid person. Why are you such a beetlebrain when it comes to math?

blind as a bat/beetle/mole

Totally blind, or, figuratively, unseeing. None of these animals is, by the way, truly blind. The bat flies about in the dark in seemingly erratic paths (see bats in one’s belfry), and the beetle and mole burrow through the ground. Nevertheless, these similes are quite old and have become clichés. The bat analogy dates from the sixteenth century at least (John Harvey); the mole and beetle similes come from Roman times and were cited in translations by Erasmus.
See also: bat, beetle, blind, mole
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One of the oldest New Beetles attending in Travemunde was a model that was shipped to Canada in March 1998.
The 15th Beetle Sunshine Tour - an event attracting more Beetle, New Beetles and Type 1s than anywhere else in the world - will start in Travemunde, near Lubeck at the Baltic Sea, on Friday 16 August.
Two new studies into groups of British beetles have been published by Natural England to provide a better picture of the conservation status of these insects.
I also make an effort to use these protein-rich beetles. My chickens are invited into the field for a few supervised visits in early spring.
Laura Bower, conservation officer at PTES, said: "We have been running the Great Stag Hunt, and other conservation initiatives for stag beetles, for over 20 years.
This award-winning book, written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, features beautiful images and poetic descriptions of the fascinating world of beetles. From flea beetles to bombardier beetles, an incredible variety is showcased and picture-perfect for sparking children's imaginations for art making.
An invasive beetle species has pushed Japanese local governments to take measures to protect the country's iconic sakura trees.
Humanity is under siege and the future depends on three children - and their beetles!
ABSTRACT: Dung beetles as key biological indicators of habitat disturbance need to be explored from different locale with different topographical and vegetation characteristics.
Sugarcane beetles emerge at 2 distinct times of the year and cause damage to the turf by consuming aboveground plant tissue and by tunneling through the soil profile, causing ridges in the turf surface.
And it was through their mutual love of VW Beetles that romance blossomed between Dave and his now-wife Linda, a retired teacher.
GARDENS AND BARNYARDS attract a wide variety of beetles, some beautiful, others downright ugly.
"Although collecting rhino beetles unwisely could endanger the species, destroying their natural habitat may cause even greater damage in the long run.
Hungry beetles spurn crops bearing the insects' genetic material, scientists report in the Feb.
Now experts have confirmed the creature - which initially turned up in Lee Beynon's garage near Coed Maesmelin in 2012 - is part of a population of blue ground beetles (Carabus intricatus) in the area.