Types of Beetles
The earth contains about
800,000 insect species and the widest insect group (by far!) is the beetle. The different types of beetles
are classified into the following groups:
coleoptera type of beetle is further divided into suborders,
These suborders will have
further extending groupings, and when considering the overall count of different types of
beetle species, they range up to 30,000 well-known types of beetles in Canada and the
Different types of beetles -
characteristic features and behaviors for identification
– They come under the family name Carabidae and they are
one among the largest of beetle types, with a count of about 40,000 species. This beetle will
measure up to 1 inch long and they are usually brown or black in color. Most beetles of this type
will complete a single generation, whereas a few others might complete around 2 or 3 generations.
Adult ground beetles will feed on fungi, decayed plants and pollen, although some ground beetles
stick with seeds and other agricultural crops.
The video above discusses some of the benefits of lady beetles.
Rove Beetles – This beetle type belong to the Staphylinidae family. They come from huge and
diversifying group of about 29,000 species. The Rove beetles are slender, small, and they are
usually black in color. As the elytra are short, the abdominal region is
The video above shows a Rove beetle exhibiting defensive behavior.
Fireflies – In the Lampyridae family, this group will involve 2,000 species with dark color and
medium size. With soft and flexible elytra, these fireflies stay in the foliage during the day
hours and they fly during night. They stick with snails and slugs for food and they also eat
cutworms, soft bodied insects, leaf beetle larvae, and earworms. Adult beetles will fly with
flashing colorful lights, particularly during the time of mating
Soldier Beetles – This type of beetle belongs to the family Cantharidae and they come with an
approximate count of about 4,500 species. This type of soldier beetle is typically soft and has
elongated bodies. They are often found in colorful, smelling flowers. They stick with insects
that are soft bodied and the larvae will even feed on eggs or maggots, caterpillars and
- Leaf Beetles – These types of beetles come with wide coverage, ranging up to 35,000 species. They have an
elongated body and they are oval in shape. The color patterns will vary, and the shape is not regular.
The larvae and adults feed on fresh plants, and the adult leaf beetles feed on flowers and
Scarab Beetles – With a count of more than 16,500 species, the scarab beetles come under the family
Scarabaeidae. These types of beetles are found across the globe, and include dung beetles,
chafers and more. With convex shaped and elongated oval bodies, they look bright. They feed on
plants and are usually found in gardens.
The video above discusses both Scarab and Stag beetles.
Click Beetles – They come under the family group named Elateridae and these beetles are identified
with their slender and shiny, with a hard body. The click beetles are found usually on leaves and
flowers, where the larvae are known to be wireworms that live in the decayed vegetables, under
bark, and in the soil. Some species in this variety will stick on seeds and roots, whereas some
other species will stick on insects or either invertebrates.
That’s our start on the
types of beetles for now. Be sure to check back with us as we add to our discussion and
identification of different types of beetles!