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
Lily Beetle Lilioceris lilii (family Chrysomelidae)

The lily beetle at a very striking bright red polished appearance.

Shining Spider Beetle Mezium gibbum

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

Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris

Green Tiger Beetles are generally green with pale green spots on their elytra. The legs and... more

Sulphur beetle Cteniopus sulphureus

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

Great Silver Beetle Hydrophilus piceus

The Great Silver Beetle is the UK's largest water beetle. It has a shiny black body that appears... more

Identification of British Beetles