Beetles (Order Coleoptera) are the largest (most diverse) group of living things. Generally they have two pairs of wings, the outer being a protection for the second pair. Their bodies are usually hard and compact, and often brightly coloured. Well over 28,000 species are known in Australia.
BUPRESTIDAE Jewel Beetles, Metallic Wood-boring Beetles, Flatheaded Borers
The jewel beetles or metallic wood-boring beetles are known for their glossy iridescent colors. The family is among the largest of the beetles, with some 15,000 species known in 450 genera. The larger and more spectacularly colored jewel beetles are highly prized by insect collectors.
CANTHARIDAE Soldier Beetles
This Chauliognathus sp., body length 20mm has black and yellow strips on its abdomen, when flying it mimics a wasp. Its forewings cover are brick-red in colour, which mimics a Lycid Beetle. Most predators will avoid these two groups of insects, giving mimicry protection for this relatively soft...
CERAMBYCIDAE Longicorn Beetles
Longicorn or long-horned beetles are often characterised by long antennae, often as long as or longer than the body. Worldwide it is a large family with some classified as pests due to their wood boring habits. A number of species mimic ants, bees, and wasps. Many are cryptically coloured. Peter...
CHRYSOMELIDAE Leaf Beetles
Chrysomelidae, the leaf beetles, is a family of over 35,000 species in more than 2,500 genera. (Wikipedia) This is an enormous group with many colourful species which mostly feed on the leaves of plants. Most of them are very fussy about the particular plants they feed on. Leaf Beetles are divided...
COCCINELLIDAE Lady Beetles
Ladybirds or Ladybird Beetles (COCCINELLIDAE) are also known as Ladybugs and Lady Beetles. The adults are domed, most are brightly colored. Many are predators of aphids and other garden pests and are considered by gardeners as beneficial insects.
A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually small, less than 6 mm, and herbivorous. Due to the shape of their heads, weevils are commonly known as snout beetles. Families in the superfamily include Belidae, Caridae, Brentidae and Curculionidae. Most weevils are in...
LYCIDAE Lycid Beetles
Commonly seen flying at dusk and may be found in flowers or on foliage. May be nectar-feeders, but some adults might not feed at all, just fly around and mate. Lycid beetles are toxic and offensive in taste to most predators, which they advertise by the orange and black colours. Many other insects...
SCARABAEIDAE (Scarab Beetles)
The Brown Flower Beetle is common in South East Queensland in the warmer months, sometimes flying into houses. Its food plant as an adult include a large and diverse number of flowering plants (mostly white or cream and perfumed) including Eucalyptus and Lily Pilly species .
TENEBRIONIDAE Darkling Beetles
Tenebrionoidae is a superfamily of the Coleoptera in the suborder Polyphaga containing Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles.