Beetle Families

The most recent checklist of beetles of the British Isles includes 4072 species in 103 families, listed in taxonomic order below. Click on the links to obtain more information about each family, including identification guides, websites and (where appropriate) recording schemes. This guide has been prepared by Mark Gurney.

I find the easiest way to identify a beetle is to look through a reference collection of well-carded specimens. You need a museum for this, which is not always convenient. As a substitute, here is a collection of photographs of specimens from Lech Borowiec's website. A few families are represented by photos from Udo Schmidt. Thanks to both of them for permission to use their photos here, and for making these resources available to everyone on their websites.

Size and shape are important things to look for when trying to match beetles to families. Is the body rounded or rather straightsided? Is it wide or narrow, tapering or widest towards the rear? Do the wing-cases cover the whole abdomen or are there some segments exposed? How long are the antennae relative to the body and the palps? Note also whether the antennae are clubbed, and whether any of the tarsal segments are lobed (in families with lobed tarsal segments, often only one segment is lobed).

Photos © Lech Borowiec. Used here with permission. Larger versions are on his website. Photos of the Limnichidae, Ptilodactylidae, Drilidae, Bothrideridae, and Raymondionymidae by Udo Schmidt available under a creative commons Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence.

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Sphaeriusidae (Minute bog beetles). 1 species. 1mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3.
  • Sphaerius acaroides
Gyrinidae (Whirligig beetles). 12 species. 3-7mm. Tarsi: Strange.
Whirligigs. Hind and middle legs reduced to paddles. Included within the Water Beetles group.
  • Gyrinus suffriani
Haliplidae (Crawling water beetles). 19 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Black and brown stripes or blotches. Arched on the back.
  • Brychius elevatus
  • Haliplus heydeni
  • Haliplus varius
Noteridae. 2 species. 4-5mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Widest at the front, tapering wing-cases. Short antennae.
  • Noterus clavicornis
Hygrobiidae (Screech beetles). 1 species. 10mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Screech beetle. Distinctive markings. Squeaks when handled.
  • Hygrobia hermanni
Dytiscidae (Diving beetles). 120 species. 1-38mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Oval beetles. Tapering, long hind legs. Long antennae.
  • Acilius canaliculatus
  • Agabus bipustulatus
  • Agabus conspersus
  • Agabus didymus
  • Agabus sturmii
  • Agabus undulatus
  • Bidessus minutissimus
  • Hydroglyphus geminus
  • Hygrotus impressopunctatus
  • Hygrotus parallellogrammus
  • Colymbetes fuscus
  • Cybister lateralimarginalis
  • Deronectes latus
  • Graphoderus bilineatus
  • Graptodytes bilineatus
  • Graptodytes pictus
  • Hydaticus seminiger
  • Hydroporus erythrocephalus
  • Hydroporus palustris
  • Hydroporus tristis
  • Hydrovatus cuspidatus
  • Hygrotus inaequalis
  • Hyphydrus ovatus
  • Ilybius ater
  • Laccophilus poecilus
  • Liopterus haemorrhoidalis
  • Nebrioporus elegans
  • Oreodytes sanmarkii
  • Platambus maculatus
  • Rhantus suturalis
  • Stictotarsus duodecimpustulatus
Carabidae (Ground beetles). 374 species. 2-30mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Ground beetles. Tiny to large. Most are black, brown, or metallic. Long antennae and legs.
  • Agonum gracile
  • Oxypselaphus obscurus
  • Amara tibialis
  • Asaphidion flavipes
  • Badister unipustulatus
  • Bembidion lampros
  • Brachinus crepitans
  • Calathus melanocephalus
  • Carabus problematicus
  • Cicindela campestris
  • Odacantha melanura
  • Demetrias imperialis
  • Paradromius linearis
  • Dyschirius obscurus
  • Elaphrus cupreus
  • Harpalus affinis
  • Leistus rufomarginatus
  • Loricera pilicornis
  • Syntomus foveatus
  • Notiophilus biguttatus
  • Omophron limbatum
  • Pterostichus macer
  • Stenolophus mixtus
Helophoridae (Water scavenger beetles). 20 species. 2-7mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Short antennae, long palps.
  • Helophorus griseus
  • Helophorus tuberculatus
Georissidae. 1 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Squat, small, dimpled wing-cases.
  • Georissus crenulatus
Hydrochidae. 7 species. 2-4mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-5.
Dimpled wing-cases with ridges. Short antennae. Bulging eyes.
  • Hydrochus crenatus
Spercheidae. 1 species. 5-7mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Wide, short pronotum, Short antennae.
  • Spercheus emarginatus
Hydrophilidae. 72 species. 1-40mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Long palps. Some look like Histerids.
  • Anacaena globulus
  • Berosus signaticollis
  • Cercyon convexiusculus
  • Cercyon unipunctatus
  • Cercyon ustulatus
  • Coelostoma orbiculare
  • Cryptopleurum crenatum
  • Cryptopleurum subtile
  • Enochrus melanocephalus
  • Enochrus nigritus
  • Helochares obscurus
  • Hydrochara caraboides
  • Laccobius minutus
  • Limnoxenus niger
  • Megasternum concinnum
  • Sphaeridium lunatum
  • Sphaeridium scarabaeoides
Sphaeritidae. 1 species. 5-6mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Sphaerites glabratus
Histeridae (Hister beetles, clown beetles). 52 species. 1-10mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Clubbed antennae. Rounded or squat, legs often flattened. Wing-cases often shorter than the abdomen.
  • Abraeus granulum
  • Acritus nigricornis
  • Atholus bimaculatus
  • Carcinops pumilio
  • Dendrophilus pygmaeus
  • Gnathoncus buyssoni
  • Haeterius ferrugineus
  • Hister bissexstriatus
  • Margarinotus brunneus
  • Onthophilus punctatus
  • Paromalus flavicornis
  • Plegaderus dissectus
  • Saprinus virescens
Hydraenidae. 34 species. 1-7mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Some have ridiculously long palps.
  • Hydraena riparia
  • Limnebius truncatellus
  • Ochthebius dilatatus
Ptiliidae (Featherwing beetles). 75 species. 1mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Tiny. Antennae swollen at base and with club at tip.
  • Ptenidium longicorne
  • Baeocrara variolosa
Leiodidae (Round fungus beetles). 95 species. 1-7mm. Tarsi: 4-3-3, 5-3-3, 5-5-4, 5-5-5.
  • Agathidium laevigatum
  • Agathidium nigripenne
  • Anisotoma humeralis
  • Catops morio
  • Leptinus testaceus
Silphidae (Sexton beetles, burying beetles, carrion beetles). 21 species. 9-30mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed or not.
Large beetles. Antennae clubbed or gradually wider towards the tip.
  • Nicrophorus investigator
  • Oiceoptoma thoracicum
  • Silpha atrata
  • Aclypea opaca
  • Thanatophilus rugosus
  • Silpha tristis
Staphylinidae (Rove beetles, staphs). 1130 species. 1-24mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 5-5-5. Lobed or not.
A huge family of beetles. Almost all of them have very short wing-cases leaving at least three segments of the abdomen exposed. Most of them are slender and long.
  • Acrotona pygmaea
  • Aleochara bipustulata
  • Aleochara brevipennis
  • Alevonota gracilenta
  • Anomognathus cuspidatus
  • Atheta triangulum
  • Autalia impressa
  • Bolitochara obliqua
  • Cordalia obscura
  • Cypha longicornis
  • Dinarda maerkeli
  • Drusilla canaliculata
  • Hygronoma dimidiata
  • Lomechusa emarginata
  • Myllaena dubia
  • Phytosus balticus
  • Zyras haworthi
  • Euaesthetus ruficapillus
  • Habrocerus capillaricornis
  • Micropeplus fulvus
  • Anthobium atrocephalum
  • Megarthrus denticollis
  • Omalium rivulare
  • Oxyporus rufus
  • Deleaster dichrous
  • Astenus pulchellus
  • Lathrobium geminum
  • Paederus littoralis
  • Rugilus angustatus
  • Bledius fergussoni
  • Anotylus rugosus
  • Bibloplectus pusillus
  • Brachygluta fossulata
  • Claviger testaceus
  • Fagniezia impressa
  • Scaphidium quadrimaculatum
  • Atrecus affinis
  • Creophilus maxillosus
  • Emus hirtus
  • Gauropterus fulgidus
  • Ocypus ophthalmicus
  • Ontholestes tessellatus
  • Philonthus atratus
  • Philonthus lepidus
  • Platydracus latebricola
  • Staphylinus erythropterus
  • Stenus biguttatus
  • Stenus fossulatus
  • Lordithon lunulatus
  • Tachinus subterraneus
  • Tachyporus hypnorum
Geotrupidae (Dor beetles). 8 species. 11-26mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Anoplotrupes stercorosus
  • Geotrupes mutator
  • Trypocopris vernalis
  • Typhaeus typhoeus
Trogidae (Hide beetles). 3 species. 5-10mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Trox sabulosus
  • Trox scaber
Lucanidae (Stag beetles). 4 species. 10-66mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Dorcus parallelipipedus
  • Platycerus caraboides
  • Sinodendron cylindricum
Scarabaeidae (Scarab beetles, dung beetles). 88 species. 2-20mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Aegialia arenaria
  • Anomala dubia
  • Aphodius coenosus
  • Aphodius quadrimaculatus
  • Aphodius sticticus
  • Aphodius subterraneus
  • Aphodius fasciatus
  • Aphodius paykulli
  • Copris lunaris
  • Diastictus vulneratus
  • Euheptaulacus sus
  • Gnorimus variabilis
  • Hoplia philanthus
  • Onthophagus similis
  • Onthophagus taurus
  • Oxyomus sylvestris
  • Phyllopertha horticola
  • Pleurophorus caesus
  • Protaetia metallica
  • Rhyssemus germanus
  • Serica brunnea
  • Trichius fasciatus
Eucinetidae (Plate-thigh beetles). 1 species. 3mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
Clambidae (Fringe-winged beetles). 10 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Clubbed antennae, very wide heads with pointed corners.
  • Clambus pubescens
  • Clambus punctulum
Scirtidae (Marsh beetles). 20 species. 1-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
  • Cyphon coarctatus
  • Cyphon ochraceus
  • Cyphon padi
  • Cyphon palustris
  • Cyphon laevipennis
  • Cyphon variabilis
  • Odeles marginata
  • Elodes minuta
  • Elodes pseudominuta
  • Hydrocyphon deflexicollis
  • Microcara testacea
  • Prionocyphon serricornis
  • Scirtes orbicularis
Dascillidae (Orchid beetles). 1 species. 10mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
  • Dascillus cervinus
Buprestidae (Jewel beetles). 18 species. 2-12mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
Jewel beetles. Large eyes. Usually metallic and with a wide pronotum and slightly tapering wing-cases.
  • Agrilus angustulus
  • Anthaxia nitidula
  • Aphanisticus pusillus
  • Melanophila acuminata
  • Trachys minuta
  • Trachys troglodytes
Byrrhidae (Pill beetles). 13 species. 1-10mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-5. Lobed.
Pill beetles. Rounded. Legs flattened. The legs and antennae can be withdrawn into grooves on the underside of the body so the whole beetle becomes an oval pill and seems to have no appendages.
  • Byrrhus arietinus
  • Cytilus sericeus
  • Morychus aeneus
  • Porcinolus murinus
  • Simplocaria semistriata
  • Chaetophora spinosa
Elmidae (Riffle beetles). 12 species. 1-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Long hind tarsi.
  • Elmis aenea
  • Limnius volckmari
Dryopidae (Long-toed water beetles). 9 species. 3-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Very hairy. Distinctive antennae.
  • Dryops ernesti
Limnichidae. 1 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Heteroceridae (Mud beetles). 8 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Tiny antennae like short handlebars on the side of the head. Elongate and hairy. Flattened legs.
  • Heterocerus fenestratus
  • Augyles hispidulus
  • Heterocerus obsoletus
Psephenidae (Water-penny beetles). 1 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Oval with long antennae.
  • Eubria palustris
Ptilodactylidae. 1 species. 3-5mm.
Eucnemidae (False click beetles). 7 species. 3-10mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Microrhagus pygmaeus
  • Eucnemis capucina
  • Hylis cariniceps
  • Melasis buprestoides
Throscidae. 5 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Aulonothroscus brevicollis
  • Trixagus carinifrons
Elateridae (Click beetles). 73 species. 3-30mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Actenicerus sjaelandicus
  • Agrypnus murinus
  • Adrastus rachifer
  • Ampedus cinnabarinus
  • Ampedus nigrinus
  • Cardiophorus asellus
  • Cardiophorus gramineus
  • Ctenicera cuprea
  • Denticollis linearis
  • Diacanthous undulatus
  • Hypnoidus riparius
  • Negastrius sabulicola
  • Oedostethus quadripustulatus
Drilidae. 1 species. 6mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
Only the male has the combs on the antennae.
Lycidae (Net-winged beetles). 3 species. 5-9mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Red beetles with net-veined wing-cases.
  • Dictyoptera aurora
  • Platycis minutus
  • Pyropterus nigroruber
Lampyridae (Glow-worms). 3 species. 5-15mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
Glow worms.
  • Lampyris noctiluca
  • Lamprohiza splendidula
  • Phosphaenus hemipterus
Cantharidae (Soldier beetles, sailor beetles). 42 species. 2-15mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed.
Soft wing-cases. Long antennae. Usually black or orange. Malthodes and related genera have short wing-cases, often with pale spots at the tips.
  • Ancistronycha abdominalis
  • Cantharis decipiens
  • Cantharis figurata
  • Cantharis fusca
  • Cantharis lateralis
  • Malthinus balteatus
  • Malthinus flaveolus
  • Malthodes flavoguttatus
  • Malthodes fuscus
  • Malthodes lobatus
  • Malthodes mysticus
  • Rhagonycha elongata
  • Rhagonycha fulva
  • Rhagonycha lignosa
  • Rhagonycha lutea
Derodontidae. 1 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Dimpled pronotum and wing-cases. Tiny.
  • Laricobius erichsonii
Dermestidae (Larder beetles). 40 species. 1-8mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Carpet beetles. Like the pill beetles, these can withdraw their legs and antennae into slots.
  • Anthrenus fuscus
  • Anthrenus pimpinellae
  • Anthrenus verbasci
  • Attagenus pellio
  • Attagenus smirnovi
  • Attagenus unicolor
  • Ctesias serra
  • Dermestes frischii
  • Dermestes haemorrhoidalis
  • Dermestes lardarius
  • Dermestes maculatus
  • Dermestes murinus
  • Globicornis rufitarsis
  • Megatoma undata
  • Trinodes hirtus
  • Trogoderma angustum
  • Trogoderma glabrum
  • Trogoderma granarium
  • Trogoderma inclusum
Bostrichidae (Auger beetles, powderpost beetles). 10 species. 2-9mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Most species have pronotum covered in small bumps.
  • Bostrichus capucinus
  • Lyctus linearis
  • Rhyzopertha dominica
Ptinidae (Wood-borer beetles). 57 species. 1-7mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Anitys rubens
  • Anobium punctatum
  • Dorcatoma chrysomelina
  • Dorcatoma substriata
  • Ernobius mollis
  • Hedobia imperialis
  • Anobium fulvicorne
  • Niptus hololeucus
  • Ochina ptinoides
  • Priobium carpini
  • Ptilinus pectinicornis
  • Ptinus sexpunctatus
  • Stegobium paniceum
  • Xestobium rufovillosum
Lymexylidae (Timberworm beetles). 2 species. 7-18mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
Very thin.
  • Hylecoetus dermestoides
  • Lymexylon navale
Phloiophilidae. 1 species. 2-3mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Phloiophilus edwardsii
Trogossitidae. 5 species. 5-11mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
  • Nemozoma elongatum
  • Ostoma ferrugineum
  • Tenebroides mauritanicus
  • Thymalus limbatus
Cleridae (Chequered beetles). 15 species. 6-16mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-5. Lobed.
Boldly coloured or shiny. Bristly hairs.
  • Korynetes caeruleus
  • Necrobia ruficollis
  • Necrobia rufipes
  • Necrobia violacea
  • Opilo mollis
  • Thanasimus femoralis
  • Thanasimus formicarius
  • Tilloidea unifasciata
  • Tillus elongatus
  • Trichodes alvearius
  • Trichodes apiarius
Dasytidae (Soft-winged flower beetles). 9 species. 1-7mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Aplocnemus nigricornis
  • Dasytes cyaneus
  • Dasytes plumbeus
  • Dasytes niger
  • Dasytes plumbeus
  • Dolichosoma lineare
  • Aplocnemus impressus
Malachiidae (Soft-winged flower beetles). 17 species. 2-8mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5. Lobed or not.
Soft wing-cases. Slender legs.
  • Anthocomus rufus
  • Anthocomus fasciatus
  • Axinotarsus marginalis
  • Axinotarsus pulicarius
  • Axinotarsus ruficollis
  • Cerapheles terminatus
  • Hypebaeus flavipes
  • Malachius aeneus
  • Malachius bipustulatus
  • Clanoptilus marginellus
  • Cordylepherus viridis
Sphindidae. 2 species. 2-3mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Tiny.
  • Aspidiphorus orbiculatus
  • Sphindus dubius
Kateretidae (Short-winged flower beetles). 9 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed or not.
Tiny. Each wing-case rounded at the tip, slightly shorter than the abdomen.
  • Brachypterolus linariae
  • Brachypterus glaber
  • Kateretes pedicularius
Nitidulidae (Sap beetles, pollen beetles). 91 species. 1-8mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed or not.
Clubbed antennae. Most rather small, but the big black and orange Glischrochilus are an exception.
  • Amphotis marginata
  • Carpophilus marginellus
  • Carpophilus sexpustulatus
  • Carpophilus truncatus
  • Cryptarcha undata
  • Cychramus luteus
  • Epuraea aestiva
  • Epuraea distincta
  • Epuraea limbata
  • Epuraea marseuli
  • Glischrochilus hortensis
  • Glischrochilus quadripunctatus
  • Meligethes difficilis
  • Meligethes subrugosus
  • Nitidula bipunctata
  • Nitidula carnaria
  • Nitidula flavomaculata
  • Nitidula rufipes
  • Omosita discoidea
  • Pityophagus ferrugineus
  • Pocadius adustus
  • Soronia grisea
Monotomidae (Root-eating beetles). 24 species. 1-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed or not.
Narrow with rather straight sides. Clubbed antennae.
  • Monotoma bicolor
  • Monotoma brevicollis
  • Monotoma spinicollis
  • Monotoma testacea
  • Cyanostolus aeneus
  • Rhizophagus fenestralis
  • Rhizophagus picipes
Silvanidae (Flat bark beetles, flat grain beetles). 12 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
  • Ahasverus advena
  • Oryzaephilus surinamensis
  • Psammoecus bipunctatus
  • Silvanoprus fagi
  • Silvanus unidentatus
Cucujidae (Flat bark beetles). 2 species. Tarsi: 4-4-3, 5-5-4, 5-5-5.
Very flattened.
  • Pediacus depressus
  • Pediacus dermestoides
Laemophloeidae (Lined flat bark beetles). 11 species. 1-4mm. Tarsi: 4-4-3, 5-5-4, 5-5-5.
Tiny. Long antennae.
  • Cryptolestes duplicatus
  • Cryptolestes ferrugineus
  • Laemophloeus monilis
  • Leptophloeus clematidis
Phalacridae. 15 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Very shiny and smooth.
  • Olibrus aeneus
  • Phalacrus substriatus
  • Stilbus atomarius
Cryptophagidae (Silken fungus beetles). 105 species. 1-11mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-4, 5-5-5. Lobed or not.
Tiny.
  • Antherophagus silaceus
  • Atomaria apicalis
  • Atomaria atra
  • Atomaria badia
  • Atomaria impressa
  • Atomaria lewisi
  • Atomaria mesomela
  • Atomaria pulchra
  • Atomaria punctithorax
  • Atomaria pusilla
  • Caenoscelis subdeplanata
  • Cryptophagus confusus
  • Cryptophagus distinguendus
  • Ephistemus globulus
  • Ephistemus reitteri
  • Hypocoprus latridioides
  • Micrambe abietis
  • Micrambe bimaculata
  • Micrambe ulicis
  • Ootypus globosus
  • Paramecosoma melanocephalum
  • Telmatophilus brevicollis
  • Telmatophilus schonherrii
  • Telmatophilus sparganii
  • Telmatophilus typhae
Erotylidae (Pleasing fungus beetles). 8 species. 2-7mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-5. Lobed.
  • Dacne bipustulata
  • Dacne rufifrons
  • Triplax aenea
  • Tritoma bipustulata
Byturidae (Fruitworm beetles). 2 species. 3-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Long and rather straight-sided. Clubbed antennae.
  • Byturus ochraceus
  • Byturus tomentosus
Biphyllidae (False skin beetles). 2 species. 2-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-5.
  • Biphyllus lunatus
  • Diplocoelus fagi
Bothrideridae. 5 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Cerylonidae. 5 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 4-4-4.
Flattened and shiny.
  • Cerylon fagi
  • Cerylon ferrugineum
  • Cerylon histeroides
Alexiidae. 1 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
Very round and hairy.
  • Sphaerosoma pilosum
Endomychidae (Handsome fungus beetles). 8 species. 2-6mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 4-4-4. Lobed or not.
  • Endomychus coccineus
  • Holoparamecus caularum
  • Lycoperdina bovistae
  • Lycoperdina succincta
  • Mycetaea subterranea
Coccinellidae (Ladybirds). 53 species. 1-9mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3. Lobed.
Ladybirds. Clubbed antennae and mostly oval bodies.
  • Adalia bipunctata
  • Hippodamia variegata
  • Aphidecta obliterata
  • Coccidula rufa
  • Coccinella magnifica
  • Scymnus schmidti
  • Scymnus nigrinus
  • Nephus redtenbacheri
  • Stethorus punctillum
  • Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata
  • Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
  • Vibidia duodecimguttata
Corylophidae. 11 species. 1mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 4-4-4.
Tiny. Head hidden under the pronotum.
  • Corylophus cassidoides
  • Orthoperus atomus
  • Orthoperus nigrescens
  • Sericoderus lateralis
Latridiidae (Minute brown scavenger beetles). 56 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3.
Tiny. Dimpled wing-cases.
  • Cartodere bifasciata
  • Cartodere nodifer
  • Cartodere constricta
  • Corticaria longicornis
  • Corticaria elongata
  • Corticaria fulva
  • Corticaria impressa
  • Corticarina truncatella
  • Dienerella clathrata
  • Dienerella ruficollis
  • Enicmus fungicola
  • Enicmus histrio
  • Enicmus rugosus
  • Enicmus testaceus
  • Enicmus transversus
  • Latridius minutus
  • Melanophthalma transversalis
  • Melanophthalma distinguenda
  • Melanophthalma suturalis
  • Migneauxia lederi
  • Stephostethus angusticollis
  • Stephostethus lardarius
Mycetophagidae (Hairy fungus beetles). 15 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4.
  • Litargus balteatus
  • Mycetophagus fulvicollis
  • Mycetophagus multipunctatus
  • Mycetophagus piceus
  • Pseudotriphyllus suturalis
  • Triphyllus bicolor
  • Typhaea stercorea
Ciidae (Minute tree fungus beetles). 22 species. 1-3mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 4-4-4.
Narrow and rather straight-sided. Can withdraw their legs into grooves on the underside.
  • Orthocis alni
  • Cis bidentatus
  • Cis fagi
  • Cis micans
  • Cis jacquemartii
  • Cis lineatocribratus
  • Cis punctulatus
  • Cis villosulus
  • Ennearthron cornutum
  • Octotemnus glabriculus
  • Ropalodontus perforatus
  • Strigocis bicornis
Tetratomidae (Polypore fungus beetles). 4 species. 3-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
  • Hallomenus binotatus
  • Tetratoma ancora
  • Tetratoma desmarestii
  • Tetratoma fungorum
Melandryidae (False darkling beetles). 17 species. 3-15mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-4. Lobed or not.
  • Abdera affinis
  • Abdera flexuosa
  • Anisoxya fuscula
  • Conopalpus testaceus
  • Hypulus quercinus
  • Melandrya barbata
  • Melandrya caraboides
  • Orchesia micans
  • Orchesia minor
  • Orchesia undulata
  • Osphya bipunctata
  • Xylita laevigata
  • Zilora ferruginea
Mordellidae (Tumbling flower beetles). 17 species. 2-9mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
Distinctive pointed abdomens.
  • Mordella holomelaena
  • Mordellistena neuwaldeggiana
  • Mordellistena pseudopumila
  • Mordellistena variegata
  • Tomoxia bucephala
  • Variimorda villosa
Ripiphoridae (Wedge-shaped beetles). 1 species. 10-12mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
A strange beetle that lives in wasp nests.
  • Metoecus paradoxus
Colydiidae (Cylindrical bark beetles, narrow timber beetles). 12 species. 1-6mm. Tarsi: 3-3-3, 4-4-4, 5-4-4.
  • Aulonium trisulcus
  • Bitoma crenata
  • Colydium elongatum
  • Endophloeus markovichianus
  • Orthocerus clavicornis
  • Synchita humeralis
Tenebrionidae (Darkling beetles). 47 species. 2-25mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4. Lobed or not.
An assortment of very different looking beetles. The number of tarsal segments is unusual and shared with only a few other families.
  • Alphitobius diaperinus
  • Alphitophagus bifasciatus
  • Blaps lethifera
  • Blaps mortisaga
  • Bolitophagus reticulatus
  • Corticeus bicolor
  • Corticeus linearis
  • Corticeus unicolor
  • Crypticus quisquilius
  • Cteniopus sulphureus
  • Diaperis boleti
  • Eledona agricola
  • Gnatocerus cornutus
  • Gonodera luperus
  • Isomira murina
  • Lagria hirta
  • Melanimon tibialis
  • Opatrum sabulosum
  • Palorus ratzeburgii
  • Pentaphyllus testaceus
  • Phylan gibbus
  • Platydema violaceum
  • Prionychus ater
  • Pseudocistela ceramboides
  • Scaphidema metallicum
  • Tenebrio molitor
  • Tribolium confusum
  • Tribolium destructor
  • Uloma culinaris
Oedemeridae (False blister beetles). 10 species. 5-17mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4. Lobed.
  • Ischnomera caerulea
  • Ischnomera cyanea
  • Nacerdes melanura
  • Oedemera femoralis
  • Oedemera lurida
  • Oedemera virescens
Meloidae (Oil beetles). 11 species. 7-32mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
Oil beetles. Most have short wing cases that do not meet along the middle (unlike the Staphylinidae).
  • Lytta vesicatoria
  • Meloe brevicollis
  • Meloe proscarabaeus
  • Meloe rugosus
  • Meloe violaceus
Mycteridae. 1 species.
Pythidae. 1 species. 9-15mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
  • Pytho depressus
Pyrochroidae (Cardinal beetles). 3 species. 9-17mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4. Lobed.
Cardinal beetles. Large and red, with comb antennae.
  • Pyrochroa coccinea
  • Pyrochroa serraticornis
Salpingidae. 11 species. 2-4mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
  • Lissodema denticolle
  • Rabocerus foveolatus
  • Salpingus planirostris
  • Salpingus ruficollis
  • Sphaeriestes reyi
  • Sphaeriestes castaneus
  • Vincenzellus ruficollis
Anthicidae (Ant-like flower beetles). 13 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4. Lobed.
Narrow necks and ant-like heads. Notoxus has a horn over the head.
  • Anthicus antherinus
  • Anthicus bimaculatus
  • Notoxus monoceros
  • Omonadus formicarius
  • Stricticomus tobias
Aderidae. 3 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Weakly lobed.
Eyes notched.
  • Aderus populneus
  • Euglenes oculatus
Scraptiidae (False flower beetles). 17 species. 2-5mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4, 5-5-4. Lobed or not.
Very long hind tarsi.
  • Anaspis frontalis
  • Anaspis rufilabris
  • Anaspis thoracica
  • Scraptia fuscula
Cerambycidae (Longhorn beetles). 69 species. 2-30mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Longhorns. Antennae usually long. Eyes often, but not always, notched.
  • Agapanthia villosoviridescens
  • Alosterna tabacicolor
  • Anaglyptus mysticus
  • Anastrangalia sanguinolenta
  • Clytus arietis
  • Grammoptera ruficornis
  • Phymatodes testaceus
  • Pogonocherus fasciculatus
  • Pseudovadonia livida
  • Rutpela maculata
  • Stenurella melanura
  • Tetrops praeustus
Megalopodidae. 3 species. 2-3mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
  • Zeugophora flavicollis
  • Zeugophora subspinosa
  • Zeugophora turneri
Orsodacnidae. 2 species. 4-8mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
  • Orsodacne cerasi
  • Orsodacne cerasi
Chrysomelidae (Seed and leaf beetles). 286 species. 1-18mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Includes the leaf beetles, flea beetles, seed beetles, tortoise beetles, and reed beetles. Many are metallic.
  • Bruchidius cisti
  • Bruchus atomarius
  • Bruchus loti
  • Chrysolina polita
  • Gastrophysa polygoni
  • Gastrophysa viridula
  • Phaedon armoraciae
  • Phratora vulgatissima
  • Timarcha goettingensis
  • Lilioceris lilii
  • Galerucella lineola
  • Lochmaea suturalis
  • Longitarsus tabidus
  • Luperus longicornis
  • Donacia semicuprea
  • Cassida hemisphaerica
  • Cassida murraea
  • Aphthona pallida
  • Chaetocnema concinna
  • Crepidodera aurea
  • Crioceris asparagi
  • Cryptocephalus biguttatus
  • Cryptocephalus bilineatus
  • Cryptocephalus frontalis
  • Cryptocephalus fulvus
  • Cryptocephalus hypochaeridis
  • Gonioctena decemnotata
  • Neocrepidodera ferruginea
  • Phyllotreta diademata
  • Phyllotreta nemorum
  • Psylliodes chrysocephala
Nemonychidae. 1 species. 4mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
An odd weevil from pines.
  • Cimberis attelaboides
Anthribidae (Fungus weevils). 9 species. 2-10mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Rostrum short and broad. Antennae not elbowed.
  • Platystomos albinus
  • Anthribus fasciatus
  • Bruchela rufipes
  • Platyrhinus resinosus
Rhynchitidae (Tooth-nosed snout weevils). 19 species. 2-8mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Black or metallic species. Antennae not elbowed.
  • Deporaus betulae
  • Involvulus caeruleus
  • Neocoenorrhinus germanicus
Attelabidae (Leaf-rolling weevils). 2 species. 5-6mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Unusual weevils, our two species are distinctive.
  • Apoderus coryli
  • Attelabus nitens
Apionidae (Seed weevils). 90 species. 1-4mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Typical weevil rostrum, but antennae not elbowed.
  • Apion frumentarium
  • Betulapion simile
  • Protapion apricans
Nanophyidae. 2 species. 1-2mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
  • Nanophyes marmoratus
Dryophthoridae. 4 species. 2-4mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Elbowed antennae.
  • Dryophthorus corticalis
  • Sitophilus granarius
Erirhinidae (Wetland weevils). 13 species. 3-9mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
  • Notaris scirpi
  • Thryogenes festucae
Raymondionymidae. 1 species. 2-3mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed.
Curculionidae (Weevils). 493 species. 1-14mm. Tarsi: 4-4-4. Lobed or not.
Includes typical weevils with elbowed antennae and long rostrums. Also the broad-nosed weevils and the bark beetles (hardly any rostrum, head often hidden beneath the pronotum, antennae clubbed but not so obviously elbowed).
  • Ceutorhynchus pallidactylus
  • Rhinoncus castor
  • Cossonus linearis
  • Pentarthrum huttoni
  • Cionus hortulanus
  • Curculio glandium
  • Dorytomus dejeani
  • Isochnus foliorum
  • Mecinus pascuorum
  • Tychius picirostris
  • Otiorhynchus ovatus
  • Phyllobius argentatus
  • Polydrusus cervinus
  • Dryocoetes autographus
  • Ernoporus tiliae
  • Scolytus intricatus
  • Xyleborus dispar
Platypodidae. 2 species. 5-8mm. Tarsi: 5-5-4.
  • Platypus cylindrus