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
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

Longhorn Beetle Strangalia maculata

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

Click Beetle Athous haemorrhoidalis

The Cleg Fly has a relatively small head, and a predominantly grey-brown body with mottled brown... more

Poplar Leaf Beetle Chrysomela populi

The Poplar Leaf Beetle is very similar in appearance to a typical bright-red ladybird without... more

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