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North American Beetles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/25/2014

These "beetles" are much more important to the ecosystem than their classic rock music counterparts from England.

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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 65 North American Beetles in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.



1
Acorn Weevil
Like all weevils, Acorn Weevils have a long snout reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. This snout is a hollow tube and is use...
2
American Carrion Beetle
The American Carrion Beetle earns its name by eating decaying flesh in both larval and adult form. Sometimes adults may be s...
3
American Oil Beetle
American Oil Beetles are a type of Blister beetle. When threatened or put under pressure, they emit a chemical called cantha...
4
Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Historically, Lady Beetles, were recognized as a beneficial insect because of their diet. They are known to eat aphids, plan...
5
Banded Alder Borer Beetle
The Banded Alder Borer Beetle is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family Cerambycidae. Their antennae are quite long, sometim...
6
Banded Longhorn Beetle
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives....
7
Big Dipper Firefly
Fireflies are famous for their nighttime displays in the summer. These friendly beetles delight children and adults alike wi...
8
Black Vine Weevil
The Black Vine Weevil is a known pest to an expansive variety of plants and usually feeds at night. Leaves are chewed away, ...
9
Blister Beetle
Blister Beetles are members of the family Melodiae. If squeezed, they eject a chemical toxin called cantharidin that is a ski...
10
Boll Weevil
Long the bane of cotton farmers, the Boll Weevil has finally been controlled with biotechnology. The only plant this particul...
11
Broad-Necked Root Borer
This forest-dwelling beetle is at home in the eastern part of the continent. The 'neck' of the Broad-Necked Root Borer is qu...
12
Burying Beetle
Adult Burying Beetles will bury a dead bird or small mammal, removing feathers and hair. It is then formed into a ball shape ...
13
Carolina Tiger Beetle
Carolina Tiger Beetles are bright and colorful, therefore they are unfortunately collected for display as seen with butterfli...
14
Cedar Beetle
The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their eggs on trees so sightings o...
15
Checkered Beetle
A strong banding pattern on the elytra (wing covering) helped to name this beetle. Checkered beetles are colorful and easy to...
16
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
The large Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle bores holes into coconut palm trees. A female will lay her fertilized eggs inside the ho...
17
Cottonwood Borer
The Cottonwood Borer is part of the large Long-Horned Beetle family that makes its way throughout the summertime months destr...
18
Darkling Beetle
Darkling beetles tend to walk with their heads down, as if they cannot see where they are going. This results in their abdom...
19
Devil's Coach Horse
The all-black body of the Devil's Coach Horse is just the one reason to think this a nefarious creature. Its elytra (wing co...
20
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Metallic green and coppery hues make this beetle stand out from the rest. Its tiny size mean it might get overlooked in natu...
21
Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
As their name suggests, Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles dig into the ground, sometimes up to 2-3 meters (6-9 feet) deep. An egg i...
22
Eastern Hercules Beetle
This massive beetle can be found in hardwood forests in the Eastern U.S.. Despite their immense size and heft, they can fly v...
23
Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thick, white ring. The...
24
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer is a recent addition to the line of destructive tree-boring beetles in North America. As recently as Ju...
25
Globemallow Leaf Beetle
The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, or Lady Beetle, but it is not. As a member of the Leaf Beetle ...
26
Golden Tortoise Beetle
Few insects boast a gold body. This is one that can actually change its coloring at will thanks to the microscopic cavities ...
27
Grapevine Hoplia
The Grapevine Hoplia is a small rounded pesky beetle that has a hunger for vegetation - it will feed on the leaves of plants ...
28
Green June Beetle
Green June Beetles are a lovely color and a hardy insect. They are active flyers and large enough to be mistaken for a carpen...
29
Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth parts than females. They al...
30
Hister Beetle
There are a large variety of Hister Beetles and most species have not been studied. These tiny beetles can be found making h...
31
Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle
The Horse-Bean Longhorn Beetle lays its eggs on a variety of trees commonly found in southern U.S. states and Mexico. Citrus...
32
Iron Clad Beetle
The exoskeletons of the Ironclad Beetle is extremely thick, hence their name. Ironclad beetles are nocturnal and will play de...
33
Ivory Marked Beetle
The defining ivory spots on the top of this beetle come in pairs. They are usually found in forests or lumberyards. Adults e...
34
Japanese Beetle
The Japanese Beetle is a pest not native to the United States, let alone North America. It is believed to have arrived by way...
35
Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle
The long common name of this wood borer aptly describes much about it. It prefers coniferous forests and, particularly, the ...
36
Locust Borer Beetle
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its pollen in autumn. They c...
37
Mealy Bug Destroyer Larvae
The unique white 'hairs' on this tiny bug often draw attention from people. These larvae are extremely useful in pest manage...
38
Mottled Tortoise Beetle
The Mottled Tortoise Beetle is a member of the Leaf Beetle family. It is found on morning glory flowers, leaves and vines as...
39
Net-Winged Beetle
This beetle resembles the firefly, but the ridges and net-like pattern of veins on their wings place them in the Lycidae fami...
40
Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle
The Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae ('horns') and feeds on pollen from a variety of flowers. They have...
41
Ox Beetle
The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum ('shoulder plate'). In young males, they are more like bumps. Fema...
42
Pennsylvania Leatherwing Beetle
The texture on the elytra (wing covering) of the Pennsylvania Leatherwing is smooth and shiny, giving it the appearance of le...
43
Pine Sawyer Beetle
Pine Sawyer Beetles are found in coniferous forests at elevations over 1,200 meters. Ponderosa Pine tree and Douglas Firs are...
44
Pleasing Fungus Beetle
This species of Pleasing Fungus beetle is found in the mountains of select western states. Their steely gray elytra (wing cov...
45
Predaceous Diving Beetle
Found in or near large ponds and lakes, the Predaceous Diving Beetle is hydrodynamic for a life mostly spent in water. It may...
46
Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps in appearance only and harmless t...
47
Red Oak Borer
The larvae of this beetle bore into weak, but still living, Red Oak and White Oak wood. Oak trees that have been cut down fo...
48
Reddish Potato Beetle
The bright Reddish Potato Beetle is a close cousin to the very destructive Colorado Potato Beetle. Though it is named after ...
49
Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly, but the ridges and pattern of veins on their wings as well as the inability to fluo...
50
Rose Chafer
These small and slender members of the beetle family are a common pest usually associated with roses though they do eat other...
51
Scarlet Malachite Beetle
Though the scarlet Malachite beetle can be found all over the Middle East and North America, efforts are underway in England ...
52
Signate Lady Beetle
Like most Lady Beetles, the Signate Lady Beetle eats many nuisance insects such as aphids, mealybugs and scales (white, cotto...
53
Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle
The metallic, vibrant green color on the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle is punctuated by six white spots along the side edges of th...
54
Soldier Beetle
Commonly found in parks and fields, this genus of beetle feeds on aphids. They are usually spotted on flowers, especially Gol...
55
Southwestern Eyed Click Beetle
This species of click beetle has two large black 'eyespots' on its pronotum. They are surrounded by a thin, white ring. Thei...
56
Spangled Flower Beetle
Spangled Flower Beetles are a type of Scarab Beetle. The members of this family love flowers and have varied reputations; so...
57
Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Despite its attractive appearance, the Spotted Cucumber Beetle is a bane to those growing food. Both adults and larvae of th...
58
Spotted Tree Borer Beetle
Eggs for the Spotted Tree Borer are laid by females on a variety of weakened trees like oak, maple, willow, apple, pear and p...
59
Stag Beetle
Common east of the Mississippi, Stag Beetles are noted for their large size and ferocious appearance, complete with a durable...
60
Striped Blister Beetle
When threatened, this blister beetle secretes an acidic yellowish fluid onto its legs. Predators and people that come into c...
61
Three Lined Potato Beetle
This species larvae feed on the leaves of potato plants, nightshades like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes as well as tomatillo...
62
Varied Carpet Beetle
Adults can be found outdoors where they feed on pollen from a variety of flowers. Their larvae, however, can become pests ins...
63
Western Hercules Beetle
Western Hercules Beetles are a horned Scarab Beetle found most commonly in Arizona and the surrounding arid states. Spots on...
64
White Oak Borer Beetle
This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult female will lay her eggs on...
65
White-Spotted Sawyer Beetle
One white spot at the top of the elytra (wing covering) marks this black beetle. Smaller white speckling may be visible on t...
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