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
Shining Spider Beetle Mezium gibbum

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

Thick-Legged Flower Beetle Oedemera nobilis

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

Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris

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

Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa

The Tortoise Beetle is a relatively small beetle with a broad and flattened elytra. The pronotum... more

Identification of British Beetles

Pterostichus madidus
Sinodendron cylindricum
Prionus coriarius
Cicindela campestris