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Beetles form the order known as coleoptera and are amongst the largest group of insects in the British Isles, indeed, the world. Whilst some beetles live on or under the ground (often burying or scarab beetles) and those whose larvae consume rotting wood (the longhorn beetles) many others are pollen feeders and some even hunt small insects that are feeding feed on pollen.
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|Species featured in this book||Scientific Name||Title|
|Whirligig beetle||Gyrinus substriatus||Common Whirligig Beetle: never decreasing circles|
|Great Diving Beetle||Dytiscus marginalis||Great Diving Beetle: breath of fresh air|
|Green Tiger Beetle||Cicindela campestris||Green Tiger Beetle: munching its lunch|
|Black Clock Beetle||Pterostichus madidus||Pterostichus madidus: the strawberry beetle|
|Ground Beetle||Harpalus affinus||Ground Beetle: Harpalus affinus|
|Beetle (S atrata)||Silpha atrata||Burying Beetle: Silpha atrata|
|Minotaur Beetle||Typhaeus typhoeus||Minotaur beetle: down under|
|Dor Beetle||Geotrupes stercorarius||Dor Beetle: recycling for all|
|Stag Beetle||Lucanus cervus||Stag Beetle: false alarm|
|Dung Beetle (A fimetarius)||Aphodius fimetarius||Scarab or dung beetle: Aphodius fimetarius|
|Dung Beetle (A rufipes)||Aphodius rufipes||Dung Beetle: Aphodius rufipes|
|Common Cockchafer||Melolontha melolontha||Common Cockchafer: the May bug|
|Summer Chafer||Amphimallon solstitiale||Summer Chafer: a fly by night species|
|Brown Chafer||Serica brunnea||Brown Chafer: the grass roots beetle|
|Garden Chafer||Phyllopertha horticola||Phyllopertha horticola: the garden chafer|
|Rose Chafer||Cetonia cuprea||Rose Chafer: the goldsmith beetle|
|Click Beetle (A haemorrhoidalis)||Athous haemorrhoidalis||Click beetle: Athous haemorrhoidalis|
|Soldier Beetle (C livida)||Cantharis livida||Soldier Beetle: Cantharis livida|
|Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans)||Cantharis nigricans||Soldier Beetle: Cantharis nigricans|
|Soldier Beetle (C rustica)||Cantharis rustica||Soldier Beetle: Cantharis rustica|
|Soldier Beetle (R fulva)||Rhagonycha fulva||Soldier Beetle: the bloodsucker|
|Striped Ladybird||Myzia oblongoguttata||Striped Ladybird: coffee and cream|
|14-spot Ladybird||Propylea 14-punctata||Fourteen-spot Ladybird: the smiling dog|
|7-spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||Seven-spot Ladybird: call the fire brigade|
|Beetle (L hirta)||Lagria hirta||Lagria hirta: a darkling beetle|
|2-spot Ladybird||Adalia bipunctata||Two-spot Ladybird: spot the difference|
|Harlequin Ladybird||Harmonia axyridis||Harlequin Ladybird: the foreign invader|
|Swollen-thighed Beetle||Oedemera nobilis||Swollen-thighed Beetle: welcome aboard|
|Oil Beetle||Meloe proscarabaeus||Oil Beetle: a slick performer|
|Black-headed Cardinal Beetle||Pyrochroa coccinea||Cardinal Beetle: catholic in taste|
|Two-banded Longhorn Beetle||Rhagium bifasciatum||Two-banded Longhorn Beetle: how boring|
|Black-spotted Longhorn Beetle||Rhagium mordax||Rhagium mordax: the black-spotted pliers support beetle|
|Four Banded Longhorn Beetle||Leptura quadrifasciata||Four-banded Longhorn Beetle: band stands|
|Spotted Longhorn Beetle||Rutpela maculata||Spotted Longhorn Beetle: hogging the pollen|
|Tobacco-coloured Longhorn Beetle||Alosterna tabacicolor||Tobacco-coloured Longhorn Beetle|
|Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle||Pseudovadonia livida||Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle: a chance encounter|
|Wasp Beetle||Clytus arietis||Wasp Beetle: false alarm|
|Lily Beetle||Lilioceris lilii||Lily Beetle: the unwelcome guest|
|Leaf Beetle (C aureolus)||Cryptocephsalus aureolus||Leaf Beetle: Cryptocephsalus aureolus|
|Bloody Nosed Beetle||Timarcha tenebricosa||Bloody nosed beetle: taking it on the chin|
|Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle||Chrysolina fastuosa||Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle: a shining example|
|Green Dock Beetle||Gastophysa viridula||Green Dock Beetle; the metal reflector|
|Fleabane Tortoise Beetle||Cassida murraea||Fleabane Tortoise Beetle: a strict diet|
|Green Nettle Weevil||Phyllobius pomacues||Green Nettle Weevil: through the looking glass|
This book is made up of the segments listed below. Click the segment title for information about specie within that segment.
Distinctive, nocturnal beetles; generally strong fliers. Vegetarian and can be a pest in gardens, farms and forests.
|Ladybirds and Carpet Beetles||
Generally domed bodies although some are elongated. Some are very small and overlooked. Can be variable in appearance within the same species.
|Leaf beetles and Weevils||
A large family of small, brightly coloured beetles that feed on leaves. Sadly this brings some species in to conflict with gardeners!
Named longhorns because of their long and sturdy antennae. Elongated bodies. Larvae are usually wood borers.
|Scarab Beetles and Burying beetles||
Carnivorous, scavanging beetles. Largely nocturnal with a strong sense of smell that feed on carrion.
|Soldier, Cardinal and Click beetles||
Brightly coloured beetles with elongated wing cases. Seen on flowers in summer.
|Tiger Beetles and Ground beetles||
Long legged, fast, ground living preditory beetles. Tiger beetles tend to be brightly coloured and sun-loving species whereas ground beetles are usually black and nocturnal.
Streamlined beetles able to live under water coming occassionally to the surface to renew oxygen supplies. String swimmers, rarely seen and difficult to identify without catching them!