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How do beetles live?

Golden ground beetleBeetles make up the largest group of insects. There are least 400,000 known kinds. There is a huge variety in colours and shapes. All beetles have wings. When they are not in flight, the wings are folded away under hard wing-cases for protection.



Citrus root weevil. The weevil is a type of beetle with a long snout. The family contains more than 60,000 kinds. Many weevils...Read More >>Citrus root weevil. The weevil is a type of beetle with a long snout. The family contains more than 60,000 kinds. Many weevils are pests because they damage and kill crops. The boll weevil lays its eggs inside cotton bolls, and the larvae eat their way out, ruining the crop.

Stag beetles fighting using their giant jaws

Mandibles

The beetles' mouthparts include large mandibles: these are jaws that move from side to side to grasp their prey or cut up their food. When stag beetles fight one another, they use their giant jaws to lift their opponent into the air.
Life cycle of the field tiger beetle. 1. Adults mate. 2. Eggs are laid in the soil where they hatch into larvae. 3. A larva grows...Read More >>Life cycle of the field tiger beetle. 1. Adults mate. 2. Eggs are laid in the soil where they hatch into larvae. 3. A larva grows by eating other insects. 4. The mature larva changes into a pupa. 5. An adult beetle emerges from the pupa in spring.

Life cycle

About one in four of all animal species is a kind of beetle.

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