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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: Beetles found house - help identifying please 3 days ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: can anyone help identify this damage 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Can anyone identify these please 1 week ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Any clues as to what this large beetle is? 1 week ago by lucy lucy
Re: Help found this near skirting and under desk what is it please? 2 weeks ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Corscian Longhorn ID Please. 2 weeks ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
ID of beetle please 3 weeks ago by Mat429 Mat429
Re: Is this Carabus nemoralis? 3 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this Carabus problematicus? 3 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Red Beetle in Cyprus for ID? 3 weeks ago by Biobuggy Biobuggy
Re: Is this a Spanish Fly Beetle? 3 weeks ago by EmselBug EmselBug
Please identify this bug 3 weeks ago by paulg paulg
Re: ID Request Please 4 weeks ago by Ian Ian
Re: Beetle Identification 1 month ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Weevil identification request 1 month ago by lucy lucy
Re: Identification please. 1 month ago by Scamp Scamp
Re: Bug identification 1 month ago by Beans Beans
Re: Beetle identification 1 month ago by elaphe elaphe
Re: beetles for i.d. please 1 month ago by brian f brian f
Re: What exactly is going on here? 1 month ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Whats this Beetle 2 months ago by Graham Graham
Re: Carrion Beetle? 2 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Re: Beetle ID 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What type of ladybird is this please? 2 months ago by peterc peterc
Re: Small black beetles found in house.  identification please 2 months ago by Prostomis Prostomis
Re: Found this beetle in my house. Can anyone identify? 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone ID this Mallorcan Beetle for me? 2 months ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: beetle i.d. please 2 months ago by brian f brian f
Re: Tiny black bugs around the house 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Can anyone identify this bug please ? 2 months ago by Amyoconnor2103 Amyoconnor2103

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