Order Coleoptera – Beetles


4,131 UK species, 102 families, 1,295 genera. The largest order of insect in the world (third largest in Britain) with around 392,400 species. They have hardened forewings called elytra that covers and protects the membraenous hindwings (where present), and usually the whole abdomen. Beetles eat a wide range of foods, including other insects and invertebrates, and living or dead plants. Some are pests of stored produce, whilst others devour pests like aphids.


Ilybius fuliginosus
Dytiscidae
Diving Beetles
Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus
Lucanidae
Stag Beetles
Common Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides
Silphidae
Carrion Beetles
Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)
Cantharidae
Soldier Beetles
Common Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus
Melyridae
Soft-winged Flower Beetles
Latridiidae
Mould Beetles
Swollen- thighed Beetle Oedemera nobilis
Oedemeridae
False Blister Beetles
Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana
Chrysomelidae
Leaf Beetles
Carabus problematicus
Carabidae
Ground Beetles
Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)
Scarabaeidae
Scarab Beetles
Geotrupidae
Dor Beetles
Varied Carpet Beetle Anthrenus verbasci
Dermestidae
Skin Beetles
Common Pollen Beetle Meligethes aeneus
Nitidulidae
Sap Beetles
Mordellidae
Tumbling Flower Beetles
Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)
Pyrochroidae
Cardinal Beetles
Betulapion simile
Apionidae
Seed Weevils
Laccobius species
Helophoridae
Grooved Water Scavanger Beetles
Platydracus stercorarius
Staphylinidae
Rove Beetles
Elateridae
Click Beetles
Ptinus sexpunctatus
Ptinidae
Anobiid & Spider Beetles
Coccinellidae
Ladybirds
Lagria hirta
Tenebrionidae
Darkling Beetles
Golden-bloomed Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Cerambycidae
Longhorn Beetles
Attactagenus plumbeus
Curculionidae
Weevils