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"Exploring the Fascinating World of Coleoptera: A Journey through Entomology Specimens" Step into the captivating realm of coleoptera

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Entomology Specimens

Entomology Specimens
A specimen tray from the Natural History Museums Entomology Department showing the diversity of insects in terms of shape, size and colours

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle

Chrysina limbata, silver chafer beetle
Silver chafer beetle specimen. The beetles have a base pigment covered by several colourless microscopically thin layers called laminae

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model

Ocypus olens, devils coach horse beetle model
A large scale model of the devils coach horse beetle (Ocypus olens). A beetle that is commonly found beneath logs. Held within the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Cladognathus sp. stag beetle

Cladognathus sp. stag beetle
A specimen of a large stag beetle from Asia. Stag beetles belong to the family (Lucanidae). Only male stag beetles have horns or antlers

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Beetles

Beetles
Double page spread of pencil and watercolour illustrations and sketches of beetles by Henry Walter Bates

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetle

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Beetle illustrations

Beetle illustrations
Double page spread of pencil and watercolour illustrations of beetles by Henry Walter Bates

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) Portrait on an Oak bud, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) Portrait on an Oak bud, Hertfordshire, England, UK, May - Focus Stacked - Captive

Background imageColeoptera Collection: 20th Century Art: Weevil (Rhopalomesites tardyi), 1998 by Ma

20th Century Art: Weevil (Rhopalomesites tardyi), 1998 by Ma
Watercolour. Russell is an example of a scientist turned artist. Trained initially as an entomologist his combined love of beetles and art resulted in a series of exceptional drawings of weevils

Background imageColeoptera Collection: A fine ripe Pomelo, peeled and cut ornamentally for table

A fine ripe Pomelo, peeled and cut ornamentally for table
Watercolour by Olivia Fanny Tonge 1858-1949. 180 x 260mm. From one of sixteen sketchbooks presented to the Museum in 1952

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Hydroporus rufifrons, diving beetle

Hydroporus rufifrons, diving beetle
Close-up shot of a diving beetle (Hydroporus rufifrons). Specimen held in the Natural History Museums Entomology Department

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Scarab beetles

Scarab beetles
The largest shown here, (Scarabaeus sacer), was regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt. Today the species are important to agriculture for their dung burying activities

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Coleoptera sp. metallic beetles

Coleoptera sp. metallic beetles
A pair of gold and silver metallic beetles side by side

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Harvestmen, harvesters or daddy longlegs, Opiliones species

Harvestmen, harvesters or daddy longlegs, Opiliones species. Phalangiens. Handcoloured steel engraving from Felix-Edouard Guerin-Menevilles Dictionnaire Pittoresque d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Lucanus cervus, two male Stag Beetles fighting

Lucanus cervus, two male Stag Beetles fighting

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Longhorn Beetle (Lamia textor), Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Longhorn Beetle (Lamia textor), Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Plate from The Natural History of Carolina by Mark Catesby

Plate from The Natural History of Carolina by Mark Catesby
Illustration from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731) Vol 1 by Mark Catesby (1683-1749)

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Darkling beetle on ground, where it feeds on plant litter. Sampling empty insect pupal case

Darkling beetle on ground, where it feeds on plant litter. Sampling empty insect pupal case
ASW-4545 Darkling beetle on ground, where it feeds on plant litter. Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Anomalipus sculpturatus Sampling empty insect pupal case. Alan J. S

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18

Specimens collected by Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle 18
A case displaying various beetle specimens collected by Charles Darwin during the Beagle voyage, as well as a map of the ships route

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Chrysolina menthastri, mint leaf beetle eating a mint leaf

Chrysolina menthastri, mint leaf beetle eating a mint leaf
A bronze-green rounded leaf beetle feeding on a mint leaf. These beetles are common in the U.K and favour damp waterside habitats

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Japanese Rhinoceros beetle (Allomyrina dichotoma dichotoma) male, Guangshui, Hubei province, China

Japanese Rhinoceros beetle (Allomyrina dichotoma dichotoma) male, Guangshui, Hubei province, China. July

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Long-armed chafer beetle, Eucirus longimanus (Long-armed beetle, Scarabaeus longimanus)

Long-armed chafer beetle, Eucirus longimanus (Long-armed beetle, Scarabaeus longimanus)
FLO4683265 Long-armed chafer beetle, Eucirus longimanus (Long-armed beetle, Scarabaeus longimanus). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Typhoon beetle, Scarabaeus typhoon. Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Typhoon beetle, Scarabaeus typhoon. Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder
FLO4681621 Typhoon beetle, Scarabaeus typhoon. Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from George Shaw

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Moose beetle, Odontolabis alces (Elk-horned stagchafer, Lucanus alces). Illustration drawn

Moose beetle, Odontolabis alces (Elk-horned stagchafer, Lucanus alces). Illustration drawn
FLO4681670 Moose beetle, Odontolabis alces (Elk-horned stagchafer, Lucanus alces). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Atlas beetle / Three-horned rhinoceros beetle male (Chalcosoma sp

Atlas beetle / Three-horned rhinoceros beetle male (Chalcosoma sp.) with enourmous horns, used to fight rival males. Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus) usually found on flowers

Bee beetle (Trichius fasciatus) usually found on flowers, in this case the Toothed orchid (Neotinea tridentata). Preci, Umbria, Italy, May

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis) and Dragonfly nymph (Aeshnidae), Europe, August

Great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis) and Dragonfly nymph (Aeshnidae), Europe, August, controlled conditions

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis) male, Europe, August, controlled conditions

Great diving beetle (Dytiscus marginalis) male, Europe, August, controlled conditions

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus) male on grass stem in sand dunes, Gower, Wales, UK

Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus) male on grass stem in sand dunes, Gower, Wales, UK, February. Focus stacked image

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction

Fireflies (Luciola parvula himebotaru) flashing at night for courtship and reproduction. Gifu, Japan. Composite image

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Glowworm beetle (Phengodes sp. ) male flying, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA Controlled conditions

Glowworm beetle (Phengodes sp. ) male flying, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA Controlled conditions
Glowworm beetle (Phengodes sp.) male flying, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA Controlled conditions. July

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Green june beetle (Cotinis nitida) in flight Williamson County, Texas, USA Controlled conditions

Green june beetle (Cotinis nitida) in flight Williamson County, Texas, USA Controlled conditions. October

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Red beetle (Pyrochroidae) sitting on a leaf, Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong prefecture

Red beetle (Pyrochroidae) sitting on a leaf, Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, China, May

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June

Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) males fighting on oak tree branch, Elbe, Germany, June

Background imageColeoptera Collection: UK Ladybird species, native and invasive, from left to right: Seven-Spot (Coccinella 7-punctata)

UK Ladybird species, native and invasive, from left to right: Seven-Spot (Coccinella 7-punctata), Harlequin (Harmonia axyridis), Harlequin morph, Two-Spot (Adalia bipunctata)

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Golden green stag beetle (Lamprima sp. ), adult male with big mandibles and a shiny

Golden green stag beetle (Lamprima sp. ), adult male with big mandibles and a shiny
Golden green stag beetle (Lamprima sp.), adult male with big mandibles and a shiny iridescent coloration, Italy. Captive

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Giraffe Necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) male on leaf of Dichaetanthera cordifolia

Giraffe Necked Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) male on leaf of Dichaetanthera cordifolia. Tropical rainforest, Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Click beetle (Pyrophorus sp) showing orange bioluminescence, Costa Rica

Click beetle (Pyrophorus sp) showing orange bioluminescence, Costa Rica

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling

Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling, noxious chemical spray, Nagasaki, Japan

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Longhorn beetle (Agapanthia ? sp) on wood, Doana National & Natural Park, Huelva Province

Longhorn beetle (Agapanthia ? sp) on wood, Doana National & Natural Park, Huelva Province, Andalusia, Spain, May 2009

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Green tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris), Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July

Green tiger beetle (Cicindela campestris), Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Pair of mating soldier beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Pair of mating soldier beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) on Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, August

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo

Longhorn beetle (Cerambycidae) Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Madagascar

Giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa) Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Madagascar

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Metallic leaf beetle ( Eumolpinae) with rain droplets, in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Metallic leaf beetle ( Eumolpinae) with rain droplets, in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. South-east Atlantic forest

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Close-up of a Metallic jewel beetle (Buspretidae) in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Close-up of a Metallic jewel beetle (Buspretidae) in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. South-east Atlantic forest

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Metallic leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) with rain droplets, frontal view, in Aiuruoca

Metallic leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) with rain droplets, frontal view, in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. South-east Atlantic forest

Background imageColeoptera Collection: Dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus) on dogbane, Crossways Preserve, Philadelphia

Dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus) on dogbane, Crossways Preserve, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, August



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"Exploring the Fascinating World of Coleoptera: A Journey through Entomology Specimens" Step into the captivating realm of coleoptera, where a diverse array of beetles awaits your discovery. From the shimmering beauty of Chrysina limbata, also known as the silver chafer beetle, to the menacing allure of Ocypus olens, commonly referred to as the devils coach horse beetle model - each specimen holds its own unique charm. Marvel at the intricate design and imposing presence of Cladognathus sp. , a stag beetle that commands attention with its impressive mandibles. Or perhaps you find yourself drawn to the elegance of a longhorn beetle, showcasing elongated antennae that rival their body length. Delve into artistic renditions capturing these remarkable creatures in stunning detail. Admire 20th Century Art's "Weevil (Rhopalomesites tardyi), 1998" by Ma - an exquisite portrayal that brings this tiny creature to life on canvas. But it doesn't stop there; our exploration extends beyond beetles alone. Encounter harvestmen or daddy longlegs from Opiliones species, intriguing arachnids often mistaken for spiders due to their long legs. And let us not forget about scarab beetles - symbols of rebirth and transformation across various cultures throughout history. Prepare to be mesmerized by metallic wonders within Coleoptera sp. , boasting vibrant hues that catch light like precious gemstones adorning nature's tapestry. Immerse yourself in this enthralling world where science meets artistry and observe illustrations depicting these magnificent insects in all their glory. Discover how they have inspired countless artists throughout time with their iridescent wings and intricately patterned exoskeletons. As we conclude our journey through coleoptera's vast kingdom, take a moment to appreciate nature's bounty showcased even beyond insects – behold a fine ripe pomelo, peeled and cut ornamentally for the table.