comb-clawed beetle

insect
      any member of the insect family Alleculidae (called Cistelidae in some classification systems) in the order Coleoptera, made of about 1,100 species. Their oval bodies are typically a glossy brown or black in colour.

      The adults are usually found on flowers or leaves and the larvae in rotten wood or humus. They are 4 to 12 mm (0.16 to 0.47 inch) in length.

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