Order: Coleoptera - beetles
The forewings are called elytra and are horny or leathery, typically meeting in a straight line down the center of the back. The membraneous hindwings are usually longer than the forewing and are folded under the elytra when at rest. Antenna are typically 11-segmented. Larvae are called ‘grubs’.
The order name Coleoptera is derived from the Greek koleopteros, the term Aristotle used for beetles (Greek koleon 'sheath' + pteron 'wing'). Beetle is an English word for ‘little biter’, derived from the Old English ‘bitan’ (to bite). The mouthparts of both adults and most larvae are modified for chewing.
Members of the Coleoptera order at Wild Florida Photo
showing legs and elantra
soldier beetle on coastalplain tickseed flower
front side view showing head
angled side view on leaf laying on surfboard
close-up of beetle on partially eaten Virginia willow leaf
female, top view
dorsal view of beetle on side of a house
side view of beetle
on palmetto frond
beetle on yellow milkwort
close-up of beetle
close-up dorsal view from behind detailing abdomen
side view on narrowleaf silkgrass flower
low side vew
side view on dead seagrape leaf
Coleoptera is a member of the Insecta - Insects - Class
Other members of the Insecta class
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