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(Ancient Greek - koleos = sheath ; pteron = wing)

The most diverse group of organisms on Earth, some are important predators of garden pests.

Insects in this order

  • Cockchafer (May-bug)

    © Roger Key Melolontha melolontha Scarab beetles (including the chafers and dung beetles) have characteristic antennae in which the final segments have fan-like extensions. The largest and most conspicuous of the almost 90 species of scarabs found in the British Isles is the Cockchafer (or May...
  • Seven-spot ladybird

    © Rachel Travis Seven spot ladybird, Coccinella 7-punctata , and aphid, Commended 2012 NIW Photography Competition adult category Worldwide, beetles are the most diverse group of animals, with almost 400,000 known species. In the UK there are about 4000 species (see some examples of their...
  • Thick legged flower beetle

    © Francisca Sconce This beetle belongs to the False blister beetle taxonomic family, so called because their body fluids contain Cantharidin, a poisonous defence to predators...

Did you know?


Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.