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The order of insects called Coleoptera is commonly known to us as "beetles". This order is the largest in the animal kingdom making up about 30% of all animals. 40% of all insects are beetles.
The name coleoptera comes from the Greek words "koleos" which means "sheath" or covering and the word "pteron" which means "wing". Put them together and we have "sheathed wing". An excellent description for beetles since this order have two pairs of wings, the front pair of which are hard and act as a protective covering for their second rear pair of wings which are usually used for flying. Like other insects, they also have a head, thorax, abdomen and six legs.
Beetles can be found almost anywhere on the earth except for cold polar regions. They live both on land and in fresh water.
Beetles have four stages in their life cycle: Eggs > wingless larva > pupa > adult beetle.
Many species of beetle are considered pests. Their feeding habits kill vegetables, grains, fruits and trees.
Did you know...
that beetles are like little armored vehicles? Their exoskeletons are made up of several hard plates called "sclerites". Some sclerites are fused together while other are separated by thin sutures.
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Want to learn more? Learn more about the ground beetles of Canada at the Government of Canada's - Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility here. Note: This link will take you outside of FreeTiiuPix. Beetle descriptions and identification images can be found in their Image Library.
A great link for leaf beetle identification can be found at the PBase Leef Beetle gallery here. Note: This link will take you outside the FreeTiiuPix site.
Common Beetle Families
Buprestidae - Metallic Wood-boring beetles
Cantharidae - Soldier beetles
Carabidae - Ground beetles
Cerambycidae - Long-horned beetles
Chrysomelidae - Leaf beetles
Cicindelidae - Tiger beetles
Cleridae - Checkered beetles
Coccinelidae - Ladybugs & Ladybird beetles
Cucujidae - Flat Bark Beetles
Curculionidae - Weevils, Snout beetles
Dermestidae - Dermestid or Skin beetles
Dytiscidae - Diving beetles
Elateridae - Click beetles
Gyrinidae - Whirligig beetles
Hydrophilidae - Water Scavenger beetles
Lampyridae - Fireflies, Lighting bugs
Meloidae - Blister beetles
Mordellidae - Tumbling Flower beetles
Nitidulidae - Sap beetles
Passalidae - Bess beetles
Scarabaeidae - Scarab beetles
Scolytidae - Bark & Ambrosia beetles
Silphidae - Carrion beetles
Staphylinidae - Rove beetles
Tenebrionidae - Darkling beetles
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