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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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Can you help me identify this beetle? 1 day ago by Andrew Andrew
Re: Need assistance identifying a beetle 3 days ago by howella1 howella1
Re: id for a very small ladybird like beetle 1 week ago by 4legs&underonly 4legs&underonly
Re: Please help to identify this house bug 2 weeks ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Beetle identification please 2 weeks ago by Nelly Nelly
Re: Is this Byrrhus pilula? 2 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Can Stag Beetles Re-grow their legs? 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What type of beetle is this? 2 weeks ago by Greg Greg
Re: need help to identify bug 2 weeks ago by paul paul
Re: Beetle identification 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Help what is this?!?! 1 month ago by Mhairi85 Mhairi85
Re: 2-Spot ladybird 4mm long 1 month ago by J&G J&G
Re: Sparsa albohumeralis 2 months ago by Samuel J Samuel J
Re: Please help identify small brown beetle!! 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identification of a Borneo beetle? 3 months ago by JohnC JohnC
Re: Working on beetle diversity 3 months ago by rob.warner@care4free.net rob.warner@care4free.net
Re: Can anyone identify this bug please 4 months ago by Lighting Lighting
Re: Just want to confirm if this little guy is a Harlequin Ladybird 4 months ago by SaraSimms SaraSimms
Re: Some type of Cockroach in the office, Ectobius sp? 4 months ago by Phillip Thornton Phillip Thornton
Re: Can anyone identify this lovely iridescent beetle 5 months ago by Ron Ron
Re: Large house beetle identification please 5 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Identifying beetle 5 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Help with colorful beetle. 5 months ago by Max Barclay Max Barclay
Re: Plaster or Carpet Beetles? 5 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Please help identify these beetles and advise. 5 months ago by Max Barclay Max Barclay
Re: Beetle Larvae? ID if possible please. 5 months ago by Max Barclay Max Barclay
Re: Can anyone identify this beetle for me? 5 months ago by Max Barclay Max Barclay
Re: Keep seeing this beetle 5 months ago by NatureNinja NatureNinja
Re: What is this please? 6 months ago by littlemiracle84 littlemiracle84
Re: Beetle Identification please 6 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington