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Red-Headed Cardinal Beetle
Wilga, Havilah Street Chatswood with beetle
Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata), Swifts Creek, Victoria
Paraglenea fortunei, Nagasaki
Rutela lineola, Brazil
The beetle is a small sized invertebrate that is known to be incredibly versatile and is found in numerous different shapes and sizes. Beetles are found in nearly every different habitat on Earth and are only absent from the freezing polar regions.

The beetle has the largest number of sub-species out of all the insects, with 40% of all recognised insects being classed as beetles. There are more than 350,000 different species of noted beetle, however, scientists estimate the real number is between 4 million and 8 million beetle species.

As with other species of insects, the body of the beetle is comprised of three sections all coated in the hard outer shell, which are the head of the beetle, the thorax of the beetle and the abdomen of the beetle. Beetles also have antennae which are used to understand the surroundings of the beetle and are made of about 10 different sections.

Beetles are believed to play a vital role in whichever ecosystem they are inhabiting mainly as they consume the debris from plants and animals including fallen petals and animal dung. All animals that ingest decomposing material are working wonders for the soil as they are consuming a large proportion of the compounds that would otherwise be absorbed into the soil, such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

The beetle is an omnivorous animals and feeds on whatever it can find but generally plants and fungi and the debris from both plants and animals. Some bigger species of beetle have been known to eat small birds and even small species of mammal. Other species of beetle feed of the dust from wood and therefore enjoy burrowing themselves into trees.

Due to their small size and wide, diverse range, beetles are prey to numerous species of animal from other insects to reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. The exact predators of the beetle however are largely dependent on the size and species of the beetle and the area in which the beetle inhabits.

Recently, the Asian long-horned beetle has been found in number of North American states with the beetle having quickly gained a name for itself as an agricultural pest. The Asian long-horned beetle is a type of bark boring beetle which means that they dig themselves into wood.


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Beetle Translations

Bulgarian български език
Твърдокрили
 
Catalan Català
Coleòpter
 
Czech Cesky
Brouci
 
Danish Dansk
Biller
 
German Deutsch
Käfer
 
English English
Beetle
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Koleopteroj
 
Spanish Español
Coleoptera
 
Estonian Eesti
Mardikalised
 
Finnish Suomi
Kovakuoriaiset
 
French Français
Coleoptera
 
Galician Galego
Escaravello
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
חיפושיות
 
Hungarian Magyar
Bogarak
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Kumbang
 
Italian Italiano
Coleoptera
 
Japanese 日本語
甲虫類
 
Latin Latina
Coleoptera
 
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Kumbang
 
Dutch Nederlands
Kevers
 
Norwegian Norsk
Biller
 
Polish Polski
Chrząszcze
 
Portuguese Português
Besouro
 
Romanian Româna
Coleopteră
 
Slovenian Slovenščina
Hrošči
 
Swedish Svenska
Skalbaggar
 
Turkish Türkçe
Kın kanatlılar
 
Chinese 中文
鞘翅目
 

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Beetle Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Arthropoda
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Insecta
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Endopterygota
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Coleoptera
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species...
Beetle
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Coleoptera
Found:Worldwide
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1-2.5cm (0.04-5in)
Number of Species:
The total number of recorded species...
350,000
Average Lifespan:3 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Shell
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Most land and freshwater habitats
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
200
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Dust, Dung
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Bats, Frogs, Reptiles
Special Features:Hard outer shell and two pairs of wings

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