Beetles belong to the fascinating order known as Coleoptera which makes up the largest order in all of the animal kingdom. From what is recognized today, about 350,000 different species make up the order with roughly 25,000 residing in North America. Beetle range widely in their general shapes, mouth parts, shells, coloring, habitats, and diets making for one extremely varied and rather indepth identification prcess. The pages and images contained within this site help identifiy both major and minor beetle types common to the United States and bordering regions.
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