Coleoptera : Beetle by AnnDixon
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Beetles are insects of the order Coleoptera (pronounced /koʊliːˈɒptərə/; from Greek κολεός, koleos, “sheath”; and πτερόν, pteron, “wing”, thus “sheathed wing”), which contains more species than any other order in the animal kingdom, constituting about 25% of all known life-forms. About 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species), and new species are discovered frequently. Some estimates put the total number of species, described and undescribed, at as high as 100 million, but 1 million is a more likely figure. The largest taxonomic family, the Curculionidae (the weevils or snout beetles), also belongs to this order .
Beetles can be found in almost all habitats, but are not known to occur in the sea or in the polar regions. They interact with their ecosystems in several ways. They often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are prey of various animals including birds and mammals. Certain species are agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata, the boll weevil Anthonomus grandis, the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, and the mungbean or cowpea beetle Callosobruchus maculatus, while other species of beetles are important controls of agricultural pests. For example, beetles in the family Coccinellidae (“ladybirds” or “ladybugs”) consume aphids, scale insects, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects that damage crops.

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beetle, weevil, coleoptera, insects, bugs


Comments

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    My what long antennae he has!!! Nice macro work Ann! ;o)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, and a beautiful flower BTW. I first read “Cleopatra.” LOL

  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    That’s nasty…great shot, though!!

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 4 years ago

    a stunning picture, wonderful,dawnx

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    great capture

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Ann, he really stands out against the pink bloom.

  • GregTS
    GregTSabout 4 years ago

    Ann, Excellent! Wonderful photo!! Thanks for the info!
    Hugs, Greg xox

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Ann

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 4 years ago

    good one ann

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and photograph !

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