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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: Fairly certain Cerambycidae but which species? Sardinia 4 days ago by Garret Garret
Re: Querie on what this insect is 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help please - have these little things in the house in France 3 weeks ago by Fouine Fouine
Re: help with identification please 1 month ago by Chris Chris
Re: Selection of Beetles, found in Sardinia this summer 1 month ago by Garret Garret
Re: Help can anyone identify this beetle 1 month ago by Louise Louise
Re: Coleoptera 1 month ago by Elham Elham
Re: Beetle nymph ID 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Small dung beetles. 2 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Help identify beetles 2 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Bug ID - small bug with yellow and black stripes 2 months ago by John John
Chrysolina herbacea? 2 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Chrysomelidae - Leaf beetle ID 2 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Yellow Beetle. 3 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Small Green-red beetle. 3 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Small black beetle in my porch 3 months ago by homeowner homeowner
Re: Small Orange beetle ID 3 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Small pinkish-red beetle ID 3 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Are these beetle pupa? 3 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
help with ID 3 months ago by zabaman zabaman
Re: Weevil? 3 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Bug on plant leaves 4 months ago by triops triops
Re: Beetle ID 4 months ago by Garret Garret
Re: Beetle id 4 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone please identify? 4 months ago by triops triops
Re: Portland Chafer. 4 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Ground Beetle I.D. 4 months ago by John John
Re: Woodland Beetle ID Please. 4 months ago by nomad nomad
Re: Bronze beetle ID please 4 months ago by Lindy Lindy
Re: Can anyone help identify these large beetles appearing in my house? 4 months ago by Button121 Button121