Beetles (Order Coleoptera) are the largest (most diverse) group of living things. Generally they have two pairs of wings, the outer being a protection for the second pair. Their bodies are usually hard and compact, and often brightly coloured. Well over 28,000 species are known in Australia.
CURCULIONOIDEA Weevils

CURCULIONOIDEA Weevils

A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually small, less than 6 mm, and herbivorous. Due to the shape of their heads, weevils are commonly known as snout beetles. Families in the superfamily include Belidae, Caridae, Brentidae and...

CERAMBYCIDAE Longicorn Beetles

CERAMBYCIDAE Longicorn Beetles

Longicorn or long-horned beetles are often characterised by long antennae, often as long as or longer than the body. Worldwide it is a large family with some classified as pests due to their wood boring habits. A number of species mimic ants, bees, and wasps. Many are...

CHRYSOMELIDAE Leaf Beetles

CHRYSOMELIDAE Leaf Beetles

Chrysomelidae, the leaf beetles, is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera. (Wikipedia) This is an enormous group with many colourful species which mostly feed on the leaves of plants. Most of them are very fussy about the particular plants they...

COCCINELLIDAE Lady Beetles

COCCINELLIDAE Lady Beetles

Ladybirds or Ladybird Beetles (COCCINELLIDAE) are also known as Ladybugs and Lady Beetles. The adults are domed, most are brightly colored. Many are predators of aphids and other garden pests and are considered by gardeners as beneficial insects. Apolinus lividigaster...

LYCIDAE Lycid Beetles

LYCIDAE Lycid Beetles

Lycid Beetle (full orange wings) Commonly seen flying at dusk and may be found in flowers or on foliage. May be nectar-feeders, but some adults might not feed at all, just fly around and mate. Lycid beetles are toxic and offensive in taste to most predators,...

SCARABAEIDAE (Scarab Beetles)

SCARABAEIDAE (Scarab Beetles)

Scarabs (over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide) are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like...

TENEBRIONIDAE Darkling Beetles

TENEBRIONIDAE Darkling Beetles

Tenebrionoidae is a superfamily of the Coleoptera in the suborder Polyphaga containing Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles. Lagria grandis This beetle is a teneral specimen of Lagria grandis, usually put into the Lagriidae family, but classified as...

CANTHARIDAE Soldier Beetles

CANTHARIDAE Soldier Beetles

Chauliognathus sp mating This Chauliognathus sp., body length 20mm has black and yellow strips on its abdomen, when flying it mimics a wasp. Its forewings cover are brick-red in colour, which mimics a Lycid Beetle. Most predators will avoid these two groups...