Leaf Beetle and aphid, Wye Dale 12/06/20 (Andy Gregory)

Beetles (Coleoptera)

About beetles

Beetles are the largest order of insects in the world, with 175 families and approximately 392,400 species, representing about 40% of all described insect species. In Britain they are the third largest order with 102 families, 1,295 genera and (including some now extinct) 4,131 species.

Beetles are found everywhere, but particularly in ancient woodland (species inhabiting these diminishing habitats are under threat) and grassland areas. 

Beetles are characterised by their hardened forewings (their elytra) which cover their membranous hindwings, where present (most species), and usually the whole abdomen. They have biting jaws and, depending upon species, take in a wide variety of food, including live prey, live or dead plants, live and rotting wood, and dung.

22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) (S Orridge)
Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis) (S Orridge)

Species List

Here is a list of the key families of beetles found in the British Isles with more than one species.

Family common name

Family scientific name

No of genera

No of species

Ground beetles

Longhorn beetles

Leaf beetles

Ladybirds

Weevils

Diving beetles

Click beetles

Stag beetles

Blister beetles

Scarab beetles

Rove beetles

Carabidae

Cerambycidae

Chrysomelidae

Coccinellidae

Curculionidae

Dytiscidae

Elateridae

Lucanidae

Meloidae

Scarabaeidae

Staphylinidae

86

51

63

31

34

29

38

4

3

55

275

364

73

279

55

494

118

73

4 (1 extinct)

10 (3 extinct)

84

1,129

Beetles in the High Peak

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all beetle observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all beetle observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Buxton Beetles Photo Gallery

Click the button to go to our gallery of photos of hundreds of the species of beetles that you can find in the Buxton area, taken by BFC members.

Red Longhorn Beetle (Stictoleptura rubra) (S Orridge)
Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) (S Orridge)
Red and Black Froghopper (Cercopsis)(J Mortin)
Lesser Bloody-nosed Beetle, Cunningdale, 07/05/22 (R Purchase)

Identifying beetles

See the Insects page.

Information and guidance

See the Insects page.