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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: Whats this Beetle 2 days ago by Graham Graham
Re: Carrion Beetle? 2 days ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Beetle ID 4 days ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What type of ladybird is this please? 5 days ago by peterc peterc
Re: Small black beetles found in house.  identification please 5 days ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Found this beetle in my house. Can anyone identify? 1 week ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
beetles for i.d. please 2 weeks ago by brian f brian f
Re: Can anyone ID this Mallorcan Beetle for me? 2 weeks ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: beetle i.d. please 2 weeks ago by brian f brian f
Re: Tiny black bugs around the house 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this bug please ? 2 weeks ago by Amyoconnor2103 Amyoconnor2103
Re: Betle ID 3 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: hi please can someone identify this bug . 4 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Please identify this small Beetle. 1 month ago by nomad nomad
Re: Beetle I'D please 1 month ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Could this be Rhagonycha nigriceps? 1 month ago by 5585 5585
Re: Beetle id 1 month ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Beetles found house - help identifying please 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Identification: 1mm black bugs 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Can you help identify this bug? 1 month ago by marek marek
Re: This beetle appeared on our kitchen floor yesterday evening - can you identify it? 1 month ago by lucy lucy
Re: Beetle Identification 2 months ago by MD MD
Re: Small brown beetle like bug 2 months ago by Cricket Cricket
Re: Possible dung beetle from Spanish Pyrenees 2 months ago by anthonyjackson5 anthonyjackson5
Re: Unknown Beetle 2 months ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Small beatle looking bugs on windowsill and tub 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this? 2 months ago by richardlund richardlund
Re: Beetle from the Cordillera Cantabrica, Spain 2 months ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Can anyone explain what this fly thing is? 2 months ago by anthonyjackson5 anthonyjackson5
Need help identifying beetles 2 months ago by pmg1173 pmg1173