(Ancient Greek - koleos = sheath ; pteron = wing)
The most diverse group of organisms on Earth, some are important predators of garden pests.
Insects in this order
Scarab beetles (including the chafers and dung beetles) have characteristic antennae in which the final segments have fan-like extensions. The largest and most conspicuous of the almost 90 species of scarabs found in the British Isles is the Cockchafer (or May-Bug).
Worldwide, beetles are the most diverse group of animals, with almost 400,000 known species. In the UK there are about 4000 species (see some examples of their variety in the Beetle Gallery ). Beetles are robust and typically have thick wing-cases that usually cover most of the upper surface of the...