Definition of pollen beetle in English:

pollen beetle

noun

  • Any of numerous small beetles of the genus Meligethes (family Nitidulidae), the larvae and adults of which feed on the pollen of plants of the family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) and are a pest of agricultural crops; also called blossom beetle.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Kenneth Manley Smith (b. 1892).