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; class Insecta, order Coleoptera)

Family of elongate, soft-bodied, pubescent beetles, up to 40 mm long. Usually they are brightly coloured, but some are cryptic. The antennae are short, and loosely clubbed. They often occur in woodland, where they prey upon adult bark beetles (Scolytidae). The larvae are cylindrical and coloured blue, pink, or orange, and feed on bark-beetle larvae. There are 3400 species, mostly tropical.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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