Beetles are insects with relatively hard shells (called elytra) evolved from the forewing which function to protect the rear pair of wings. The relatively tough exoskeleton of beetles makes them difficult to prey upon, thus making them one of the most successful in the insect world- widely dispersed throughout the planet in a wide array of forms.
Beetles are also the most abundant among insects, amounting to 40% of all the described insects, with many new species yet to be described.
Let’s learn more about these fascinating beetles!
** Identification of the subjects in this page are tentative and should be taken with a pinch of salt.