Origin of chaferMiddle English from Old English ceafor (orig. sense probably “devourer”) from Indo-European base an unverified form ?ebh-, jaw, mouth, devour from source jowl, German kiefer, jaw, Irish gob, mouth
any of various beetles (esp. family Scarabaeidae) that feed on plants, as the cockchafer or rose chafer
Any of various plant-eating scarab beetles, such as the rose chafer.
Origin of chaferMiddle English a kind of beetle from Old English ceafor
chafe + -er
- Any of several scarab beetles, including the cockchafer, leaf chafer and rose chafer
- This is followed by a resting (pseudo-pupal) stage, and thisby two successive larval stages like the grub of a chafer.
- Stridulating organs among beetle-larvae have been noted, especially in the wood-feeding grub of the stag-beetles (Lucanidae) and their allies the Passalidae, and in the dung-eating grubs of the dor-beetles (Geotrupes), which belong to the chafer family (Scarabaeidae).
- P. sylvestris in Britain is liable to many insect depredations: the pine-chafer, Hylurgus piniperda, is destructive in some places, the larva of this beetle feeding on the young succulent shoots, especially in young plantations; Hylobius abietis, the fir-weevil, eats away the bark, and numerous lepidopterous larvae devour the leaves; the pine-sawfly is also injurious in some seasons; the removal of all dead branches from the trees and from the ground beneath them is recommended, as most of these insects lay their eggs among the decaying bark and dead leaves.
- 18, 21 b); the body shortened, with the abdomen swollen, but protected with tubercles and spines, and with longish legs adapted for an active life, as in the predaceous larvae of ladybirds; the body soft-skinned, swollen and caterpillar-like, with legs well developed, but leading a sluggish underground life, as in the grub of a chafer; the body soft-skinned and whitish, and the legs greatly reduced in size, as in the wood-feeding grub of a longhorn beetle.