What are Beetles?
An insect of an order distinguished by forewings typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra) that cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen.
- Beetles often feed on plants and fungi, or break down animal and plant debris, and even eat other invertebrates.
- Beetles are the largest order of insects, with 350-400 thousand species in four suborders which makes up about 40% of all insect species described.
- Beetles take up about 30% of all animals.
- A single female Beetle can lay several dozen to several thousand eggs during her lifetime.
American Spider Beetle
- Common signs include holes in packaging, and webbing in foods.
- Eats moldy or unusable products.
- 30% can spray predators with a smelly secretion as a form of self defense.
- Stink Beetles without that ability sometimes mimic the action to scare away predators.