Beetles are insects with six legs and hard shiny shells that dwell on the ground but can also fly and climb very efficiently—some beetles can even swim! There are many different kinds of beetles and most of them look very different from others. For example, some beetles are black while others have shiny green-blue-purple shells that beautifully reflect colors in the sunlight. There are over 300,000 species of beetles on earth and over 12,000 beetle species in the U.S.A. Beetles have four wings and can fly for long distances. Some species of beetle can be found in mostly every region of earth, making them one of the most common types of insects. In fact, even ladybugs are a form of beetle! Beetles are considered to be one of the world’s oldest animals—dating back over 300,000 years! The Ancient Egyptians actually worshipped beetles that they called “scarabs” and depictions of this insect can be found on various forms of Ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Below is a list of facts about beetles:
• Beetles eat crops and other insects. Although their eating of crops can be problematic to people their eating of other insects can also be helpful to farmers.
• The South American Titan beetle can grow up to 8 inches long! Meanwhile, the Featherwing beetle is so small that it can’t be seen without a microscope!
• Beetles can live in varying climates. Some beetles thrive in hot deserts while other species survive on polar ice caps.
• Beetles hatch from eggs.
• Some African beetles are poisonous and their venom is often used by tribes for purposes of poisoned darts.