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
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

Longhorn Beetle Strangalia maculata

Striking variably marked yellow and black upper body; antennae also black and yellow. Elytra... more

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

Identification of British Beetles