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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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Weevil identification request 1 day ago by AndrewSlack AndrewSlack
Re: Bug identification 1 week ago by Beans Beans
Beetle Identification 1 week ago by Normski Normski
Re: Beetle identification 1 week ago by elaphe elaphe
Help found this near skirting and under desk what is it please? 1 week ago by Ionaa123 Ionaa123
Re: beetles for i.d. please 1 week ago by brian f brian f
Re: What exactly is going on here? 1 week ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Whats this Beetle 3 weeks ago by Graham Graham
Re: Carrion Beetle? 3 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Beetle ID 4 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What type of ladybird is this please? 4 weeks ago by peterc peterc
Re: Small black beetles found in house.  identification please 4 weeks ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Found this beetle in my house. Can anyone identify? 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone ID this Mallorcan Beetle for me? 1 month ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: beetle i.d. please 1 month ago by brian f brian f
Re: Tiny black bugs around the house 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this bug please ? 1 month ago by Amyoconnor2103 Amyoconnor2103
Re: Betle ID 1 month ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: hi please can someone identify this bug . 1 month ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Please identify this small Beetle. 1 month ago by nomad nomad
Re: Beetle I'D please 2 months ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Could this be Rhagonycha nigriceps? 2 months ago by 5585 5585
Re: Beetle id 2 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Beetles found house - help identifying please 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identification: 1mm black bugs 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Can you help identify this bug? 2 months ago by marek marek
Re: This beetle appeared on our kitchen floor yesterday evening - can you identify it? 2 months ago by lucy lucy
Re: Beetle Identification 3 months ago by MD MD
Re: Small brown beetle like bug 3 months ago by Cricket Cricket
Re: Possible dung beetle from Spanish Pyrenees 3 months ago by anthonyjackson5 anthonyjackson5