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About beetles

Cock chafer or May bug, Melolontha melolontha

Beetles are a group of insects that includes ground beetles, stag beetles, dung beetles, rove beetles, chafers, ladybirds, leaf beetles and weevils.

Beetles can vary from very small to quite large insects. They can be identified by their hard forewings. These form a protective hard shell called a carapace, which meets neatly on the mid line of the body without overlapping. Most species are able to fly when required and are generally very mobile.

Beetles include families of predators that play a vital role in keeping down the numbers of other invertebrates. Other families are stored product pests or feed on wood or leaves and play an important role in decomposition.

Number of UK species: about 4,000

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Re: Weevil id please? 3 days ago by Baldric Baldric
Are these fan-bearing wood-borer beetles 1 week ago by Anne Anne
Re: Whats this ( fairly large ) beetle ? 1 week ago by Garret Garret
Re: Found a group of beetles on a walk earlier.... 2 weeks ago by Laverock Laverock
Re: Tiny brown beetles appear in bathroom 2 weeks ago by Stuart16 Stuart16
Help Identifying this beetle 2 weeks ago by DrO DrO
Need help identifying these insects 2 weeks ago by Burkey Burkey
Re: What is this black beetle? 4 weeks ago by englishrose englishrose
Re: Unidentified white beetle? 1 month ago by Jim Jim
Re: Tiny red beetle with black head 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Weevil id 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Id a shiny creature 1 month ago by Jez Jez
Re: Headless Vine Weevils 1 month ago by geff.2007 geff.2007
Re: Tiny black bugs around the house 1 month ago by Lyndylou Lyndylou
Re: Please help with this small black beetle 1 month ago by Steve@1975 Steve@1975
Re: Ash Bark Beetle 2 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Nettle Weevil 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Beetle larva identification 2 months ago by Beetlekell Beetlekell
Re: Please identify the Stag Beetles 3 months ago by triops triops
Re: Fairly certain Cerambycidae but which species? Sardinia 3 months ago by Garret Garret
Re: What exactly is going on here? 3 months ago by Standa Standa
Re: What species is this red beetle or is it a ladybird? 3 months ago by Standa Standa
Beetle larva 4 months ago by 7e6ac19f0495579cb21a116f272867ee218cc75b 7e6ac19f0495579cb21a116f272867ee218cc75b
Re: Beetle ID 4 months ago by Lebonan Lebonan
Re: Beetle for ID 4 months ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Please help me identify this insect? 5 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Beetle ID. 5 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: help with ID 6 months ago by zabaman zabaman
Re: Querie on what this insect is 6 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help please - have these little things in the house in France 6 months ago by Fouine Fouine