British Beetles

British Beetles on Wild About Britain includes the latest beetle news from across the UK, hundreds of beetle photos in our image gallery, dozens of beetle conversations in our insect forums, a directory of British beetle-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from the Rainbow Leaf and Minotaur Beetles to the Biurnal Ground Beetle and the Two-banded Longhorn.

Encyclopedia of British Beetles

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Sulphur beetle Cteniopus sulphureus

The Sulphur Beetle is the only bright yellow beetle found in the UK and is closely related to... more

Shining Spider Beetle Mezium gibbum

The Shining Spider Beetle is similar in appearance to a small spider. However, this beetle also... more

Mint Leaf Beetle Chrysolina menthastri

The Mint Leaf Beetle has a very shiny bronzy-green appearance, on a rounded bead-like body.

Great Diving Beetle Dytiscus marginalis

The Great Diving Beetle is a large water beetle, with a generally dark brown/black appearance... more

Thick-Legged Flower Beetle Oedemera nobilis

This spectacular metallic-green beetle is usually seen on flowers. Only the male has the... more

Identification of British Beetles

Typhaeus typhoeus
Pterostichus madidus
Cassida viridis
Stenocorus meridianus