(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
© 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...
Common red soldier beetle
©Archie Mathison Rhagonycha fulva Family: Cantharidae (Also known as Soldier beetles) Soldier beetles are so called because many species have blue, yellow, red or black colouring, that looks similar to the colours of regimental uniforms. They are also known as leatherwings as they have soft...
©Archie Mathison Brassicogethes aeneus Family: Nitidulidae (Also known as Sap beetles) Sap beetles are usually small, dull coloured beetles that have little clubs at the end of their antennae. They mainly feed on over ripe fruit, decaying vegetables, and sap, although the pollen beetle is an...
© 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...