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Beetles and Weevils (Order Coleoptera)

Coleoptera is the largest order in the class Insecta. As adults, most beetles have a hard, dense exoskeleton that covers and protects most of their body surface. The front wings, known as elytra, are just as hard as the rest of the exoskeleton. They fold down over the abdomen and serve as protective covers for the large, membranous hind wings. At rest, both elytra meet... more


Soldier Beetles (Family Cantharidae)

A Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rufa)

Cantharis rufa is similar in appearance to Cantharis livida and sometimes examination of the genitals is needed to tell both species apart. But usually Cantharis rufa is the smallest. The elytra are all red and the black...  more


Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)

The common red soldier beetle will grow up to a centimeter. Nearly all their body is colored red yellowish. Only the last bit of the elytra is black. The body is flat and elongated. The chitin armor is very soft, resulting in the German name of this species as...  more



Ground Beetles (Family Carabidae)

Northern Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hybrida)

The Northern Dune Tiger Beetle is brown with creamy-yellow stripes and tinges and iridescences of red, green and purple. This species is long-legged which enables it to run very fast. They live...  more



Ladybird Beetles (Family Coccinellidae)

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

This Lady Beetle is comparatively large with a white or pale spot on either side of the head. The body is oval, and has a domed shape. The spot pattern is usually 1-4-2, black on the orange or red forewings. Lady...  more


Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)

The black and yellow spotted Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle is somewhat variable, with the spots most often being very angular, often coalescing, giving the creature an irregular chequered appearance. The ground...  more


Twenty-two-spotted Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)

The Twenty-two-spotted Ladybird is a 35 mm long ladybird commonly found in Europe. Unlike most other ladybirds, which feed on aphids, this ladybird eats mildew; especially from umbellifers and low-growing shrubs.


Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

Harmonia axyridis is a "typical" coccinellid beetle in shape and structure, being domed and having a "smooth" transition between its elytra (wing coverings), pronotum and head. It occurs in three main color forms: red or orange with black...  more



Leaf Beetles (Family Chrysomelidae)

Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina fastuosa)

A golden-green Leaf Beetle. It lives in half shaded moist places such as hedgerows and along forest paths...  more


Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema melanopus)

The elytra are metallic blue, green, rarely black and provided with obvious lines of punctures. The scutellum, femora and tibiae are orange-red. The head and tarsi are black, the antennae are 11-segmented, as long as... more


Green Dock Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula)



Fire-colored Beetles (Family Pyrochroidae)

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)

So-called because of scarlet color of head, thorax and abdomen.They are often found under flaking bark or in rotting timber; in sunny weather it also visits flowers to hunt...  more



Carrion Beetles (Family Silphidae)

A Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus interruptus)

Nicrophorus interruptus is closely related to Nicrophorus investigator, but can be distinguished from it by the fact that the foremost orange band on the elytra is interrupted in the middle, and by the yellow hairs on its...  more


A Carrion Beetle (Phosphuga atrata)

Phosphuga atrata has an elongated neck, which is used to reach into snail shells, which it sprays with a digestive fluid. Young beetles are brownish in color, older ones are black. The elytra have distinct ridges... more



Click Beetles (Family Elateridae)

A Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis)

By arching their body Click Beetles can create a tension on a 'hinge' they have on their thorax. By suddenly releasing the tension on this hinge they can jump into the air with speeds in excess of 2 meters per second. This produces...  more



Earth-boring Dung Beetles (Family Geotrupidae)

Dor Beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius)

The Dor Beetle is oval in shape with a shiny domed body, with a blue sheen. The thorax is smooth but the wing cases are grooved longitudinally. The legs are also shiny black and strong with spikes. The head is...  more



Longhorned Beetles (Family Cerambycidae)

Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis)

The Wasp Beetle is a wasp mimic. This means that it superficially resembles a wasp on order to keep other animals, like birds, from eating it. It belongs to the subfamily of Longhorn Beetles. The beetles...  more


A Longhorned Beetle (Corymbia rubra)



Weevils (Family Curculionidae)

Willow Weevil (Cryptorhynchus lapathi)

Adults are stout weevils with long curved snouts. They are black with the exception of the last third of their wing covers, which is gray to white. Adults emerge from overwintering in the wood in spring, and soon...  more


Large Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis)

The Large Pine Weevil is similar to the Pine Weevil but can be distinguished by the attachment of the antennae. The antennae of the Large Pine Weevil are attached to the tip of the snout while those of the Pine Weevil are attached... more


Clover-seed Weevil (Tychius picirostris)


A Weevil (Phyllobius sp.)







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