Beetles are characterised by the hard first pair of wings known as elytra (wing cases). There are many species both predatory and herbivorous. Beetles vary greatly in size and colour, some, such as the stag beetle, exhibit interesting forms that make them look quite odd.
Above: a ground beetle, Pterostichus nigrita.
Above: the devil's coach-horse, Staphylinus olens.
Above: A green beetle that I am yet to identify.
Above: a cardinal beetle, Pyrochroa coccinea.
Above: a soldier beetle, these beetles feed on plants.
Above: where baby beetles come from.
Above: A ladybird, normally feeds on aphids.
Above: A click beetle (Selatosomus aenus). Click beetles are so called because of the clicking sound they make as they rub the underside of their thorax with their elytra (wing cases). When the do this they are flipped into the air, evading predators or flipping on to the correct side if they are upside-down.
Above: Trichodes alvearius. The young of this beetle feed on the larva of solitary bees. Adults feed from flowers.
Above: some beetles can be very colourful, this leaf beetle achieves its colours through iridescence.
Above: a lesser stag beetle.
Below: Also, a lesser stag beetle.
Above: a large weevil. Weevils have a long snout with normal beetle jaws at the end.
Above: an iridescently greeny blue weevil.
Above an acorn weevil.
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