Coleoptera

Nearly 100 familes and over 4000 different species of beetles occur in Britain. Here are some I have encountered on Skye:


Family: CARABIDAE



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Carabus glabratus

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Carabus granulatus

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Carabus violaceus


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Pterostichus madidus (Black Clock)

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Pterostichus niger


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Cicindela campestris (Green Tiger Beetle)


Family: ELATERIDAE



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Ctenicera cuprea (Click Beetle)

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Athous haemorrhoidalis (Click Beetle)


Family: GEOTRUPIDAE



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Anoplotrupes stercorosus (Common Dung Beetle)


Family: SILPHIDAE



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Necrodes littoralis (Shore Sexton Beetle)

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Necrophorus investigator (Sexton Beetle)


Family: MELOIDAE



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Meloe violaceus (Violet Oil Beetle)


Family: CHRYSOMELIDAE


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Plateumaris discolor (Upland Reed Beetle)

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Neocrepidodera (A leaf beetle)


Family: CANTHARIDAE



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Rhagonycha fulva (Common Red Soldier Beetle)


Family: CERAMBYCIDAE



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Leptura quadrifasciata (Four-banded Longhorn Beetle)

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Rhagium bifasciatum (Twin-banded Longhorn Beetle)


Family: STAPHYLINIDAE



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Staphylinus erythropterus (Rove Beetle) (photo by James K. Lindsey)

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Creophilus maxillosus (Rove Beetle)


Family: COCCINELLIDAE



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Aphidecta obliterata (Larch Ladybird)

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Coccinella septempunctata (7-spot Ladybird)


Useful links: The Coleopterist
Scottish Natural Heritage
Amateur Entomologists' Society
UK Ladybird Survey