Insect Identification
Insect Identification

North American Beetles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/16/2015

Beetles make up a huge portion of the animal kingdom - if lined up, every fourth animal would be represented by their kind.





Beetles are amazing creatures that are easily recognized by their shell-like exteriors. The Coleoptera order is represented in 25,000 different known examples throughout North America and upwards of 350,000 species worldwide - making them the largest order of the animal kingdom. Beetles are unique in every insect way and appropriately diverse, coming in many varied shapes, forms and colors and each can be found in equally diverse environments suiting their particular lifestyles and food requirements.


There are a total of (77) North American Beetles in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



Thumbnail picture of the Acorn Weevil
Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the American Carrion Beetle
American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the American Oil Beetle
American Oil Beetle
American Oil Beetles are a type of Blister beetle. When threatened or put under pressure, they emit... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Banded Alder Borer Beetle
Banded Alder Borer Beetle
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antenna... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) li... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Big Dipper Firefly
Big Dipper Firefly
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight chi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Black Vine Weevil
Black Vine Weevil
The Black Vine Weevil is a known pest to an expansive variety of plants and usually feeds at night. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Blister Beetle
Blister Beetle
Blister Beetles are members of the family Melodiae. If squeezed, they eject a chemical toxin called ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Blue Death-Feigning Beetle
Blue Death-Feigning Beetle
Blue Death-Feigning Beetles are native to the Mojave and Sonoran Desert regions in the Southwest U.S... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boll Weevil
Boll Weevil
Long the bane of cotton farmers, the Boll Weevil has finally been controlled with biotechnology. The... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Broad-Necked Root Borer
Broad-Necked Root Borer
This forest-dwelling beetle is at home in the eastern part of the continent. The 'neck' of the Broa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Burying Beetle
Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for displ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cedar Beetle
Cedar Beetle
The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their egg... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Checkered Beetle
Checkered Beetle
A strong banding pattern on the elytra (wing covering) helped to name this beetle. Checkered beetles... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle bores holes into the young, upper fronds of coconut palm trees. They ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Cottonwood Borer
Cottonwood Borer
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Darkling Beetle
Darkling Beetle
Darkling beetles tend to walk with their heads down, as if they are looking for lost glasses. This r... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dentate Stink Beetle
Dentate Stink Beetle
Most Darkling Beetles like this one are completely black. Their heads are round and wide and their ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Devil's Coach Horse
Devil's Coach Horse
The all-black body of the Devil's Coach Horse is just the one reason to think this a nefarious creat... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it mig... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
As their name suggests, Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles dig into the ground, sometimes up to 2-3 meters ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Eastern Hercules Beetle
Eastern Hercules Beetle
This massive beetle can be found in hardwood forests in the Eastern U.S.. Despite their immense size... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Elderberry Borer Beetle
Elderberry Borer Beetle
The bright yellow and metallic blue colors on this species are uncommon among most beetles. The blue... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North A... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the False Bombardier Beetle
False Bombardier Beetle
The False Bombardier Beetle is described more by what it cannot do than by what it can. True to its... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Flower Longhorn Beetle
Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae, or horns, help place this species in teh family Cerambycidae. Its narrow abdomen ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Flower Longhorn Beetle
Flower Longhorn Beetle
The long antennae of this species and its bright orange elytra make it a lovely specimen to photogra... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Four-Spot Sap Beetle
Four-Spot Sap Beetle
Four-Spot Sap Beetles feed on the larvae of tree-boring beetles. This makes them somewhat of an abor... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Globemallow Leaf Beetle
Globemallow Leaf Beetle
The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, or Lady Beetle, but it is not. As a m... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Golden Tortoise Beetle
Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grapevine Hoplia
Grapevine Hoplia
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small rounded pesky beetle that has a hunger for vegetation - it will feed... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Green June Beetle
Green June Beetle
Green June Beetles are a lovely color and a hardy insect. They are active flyers and large enough to... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth par... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hister Beetle
Hister Beetle
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beet... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. s... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Iron Clad Beetle
Iron Clad Beetle
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are n... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ivory Marked Beetle
Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Japanese Beetle
Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forest... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Locust Borer Beetle
Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Luminescent Click Beetle
Luminescent Click Beetle
If ever there was a beetle made for a circus, it would be the Luminescent Click Beetle. It may look... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the May Beetle
May Beetle
May Beetles are also called Junebugs as they are particularly active and visible during this month a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extrem... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Megetra cancellata
Megetra cancellata
As a member of the Blister Beetle family, Meloidae, this southwest species has the ability to give h... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mottled Tortoise Beetle
Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Net-Winged Beetle
Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges an... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a varie... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Oil Beetle
Oil Beetle
Oil Beetles are a type of Blister Beetle. This group of beetles can secrete a caustic chemical call... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ox Beetle
Ox Beetle
The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum ('shoulder plate'). In young males, they a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pennsylvania Firefly
Pennsylvania Firefly
On dry summer nights, the Pennsylvania Firefly emits a yellow-green glimmer of light every few secon... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, givin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pleasing Fungus Beetle
Pleasing Fungus Beetle
This species of Pleasing Fungus beetle is found in the mountains of select western states. Their ste... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Predaceous Diving Beetle
Predaceous Diving Beetle
Found in or near large ponds and lakes, the Predaceous Diving Beetle is hydrodynamic for a life most... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appea... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Red Oak Borer
Red Oak Borer
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Reddish Potato Beetle
Reddish Potato Beetle
The bright Reddish Potato Beetle is a close cousin to the very destructive Colorado Potato Beetle. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly with its head almost completely hidden. They have visible ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Rose Chafer
Rose Chafer
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Signate Lady Beetle
Signate Lady Beetle
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
The metallic, vibrant green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted o... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Spangled Flower Beetle
Spangled Flower Beetle
Spangled Flower Beetles are a type of Scarab Beetle. The members of this family love flowers and ha... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Despite its attractive appearance, the Spotted Cucumber Beetle is a bane to those growing food. Bot... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Striped Blister Beetle
Striped Blister Beetle
When threatened, this blister beetle secretes an acidic yellowish fluid onto its legs. Predators an... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Three Lined Potato Beetle
Three Lined Potato Beetle
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and toma... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Varied Carpet Beetle
Varied Carpet Beetle
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, howe... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Western Hercules Beetle
Western Hercules Beetle
Western Hercules Beetles are a horned Scarab Beetle found most commonly in Arizona and the surroundi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the White Oak Borer Beetle
White Oak Borer Beetle
This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult fe... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white spec... [Read More]