This ClipArt gallery includes 558 illustrations of insects from the order Coleoptera, including beetles, weevils, borers, carabus, scarabs, and ladybugs (also known as ladybirds or lady beetles).

"One of the most beautiful of the European species of trachelia is the <em>Pyrochroa rubens</em>, which is found about hedge-banks." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Cardinal Beetle

"One of the most beautiful of the European species of trachelia is the Pyrochroa rubens, which…

A carpet beetle in its pupal stage.

Carpet Beetle

A carpet beetle in its pupal stage.

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; beetle.

Carpet Beetle

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; beetle.

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; pupa.

Carpet Beetle

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; pupa.

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; larva.

Carpet Beetle

The carpet-beetle, Anthrenus scrophularia; larva.

A group of carnivorous beetles that mainly feed on snails.

Carrion Beetle

A group of carnivorous beetles that mainly feed on snails.

A group of carnivorous beetles that mainly feed on snails.

Carrion Beetle

A group of carnivorous beetles that mainly feed on snails.

"Carrion-beetle (Silpha inaequalis). a, larva; d, same; f, g, h, mandible, labium, and maxilla of larva; i, j, anal process and antenna of same; m, one of the lateral processes. b, pupa; e, same; l, anal process of same. c, beetle; k, anterior tarsus of same." -Whitney, 1911

Carrion Beetle

"Carrion-beetle (Silpha inaequalis). a, larva; d, same; f, g, h, mandible, labium, and maxilla of larva;…

Beetles form a large group of insects that number over 300,000 species. They all have hard wings which meet in the center of the back forming a line.

Caterpillar Hunter Beetles

Beetles form a large group of insects that number over 300,000 species. They all have hard wings which…

"These insects often feed upon matter in a state of putrefaction. They are nature's undertakers. A great number live on the skins and flesh of dried animals; some attack roots, bark, wood, leaves and fruits."

Cetonia Argentea

"These insects often feed upon matter in a state of putrefaction. They are nature's undertakers. A great…

"These insects are generally found in dark and dirty places about houses, in cellars, and similar situations." &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Churchyard Beetle

"These insects are generally found in dark and dirty places about houses, in cellars, and similar situations."…

Churchyard Beetle.

Churchyard Beetle

Churchyard Beetle.

"The cigarette beetle: a, larva; b, pupa; c, adult; d, side view of adult; e, antenna." -Department of Agriculture, 1899

Cigarette Beetle

"The cigarette beetle: a, larva; b, pupa; c, adult; d, side view of adult; e, antenna." -Department…

"The <em>Elater striatus</em> of Caenne, is an inch long, of a black color, and striped upon the back." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Click Beetle

"The Elater striatus of Caenne, is an inch long, of a black color, and striped upon the back."…

A type of beetle that when placed on it back, will spring up in the air onto its feet, producing a clicking sound.

Click Beetle

A type of beetle that when placed on it back, will spring up in the air onto its feet, producing a clicking…

"Springing Beetles, Elateridae, are narrower and more elongate than the former, and their legs are so short that when they fall on their backs they are as unable to right themselves as a capsized turtle, but by bending the head and thorax backwards, and making use of the prolongation already described, they are enabled to spring to a height fully ten times their own length, and this operation they repeat until they fall on their feet. The noise which accompanies the springing process has earned for them the name of Click Beetles." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Click Beetle

"Springing Beetles, Elateridae, are narrower and more elongate than the former, and their legs are so…

The eyed elater, Alaus oculatus species.

Click Beetle

The eyed elater, Alaus oculatus species.

Larva of the click-beetle.

Click Beetle

Larva of the click-beetle.

Adult click-beetle.

Click Beetle

Adult click-beetle.

The family Elateridae is commony called click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them form the related Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae), elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or "skipjacks". They are a cosmopolitan beetle family characterized by the unusual click mechanism they possess. There are a few closely-related families in which a few members have the same mechanism, but all elaterids can click. A spine on the prosternum can be snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum, producing a violent "click" which can bounce the beetle into the air. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself. There are about 7000 known species.

Click Beetle

The family Elateridae is commony called click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them…

Diseased larva of clover-leaf beetle.

Clover-Leaf Beetle Larva

Diseased larva of clover-leaf beetle.

"In from four to six weeks after being laid, the little larvae are hatched, and immediately attack the roots of vegetables."

Larva of the Cockchafer (Melolontha Vulgaris)

"In from four to six weeks after being laid, the little larvae are hatched, and immediately attack the…

"In from four to six weeks after being laid, the little larvae are hatched, and immediately attack the roots of vegetables."

Larva of the Cockchafer (Melolontha Vulgaris)

"In from four to six weeks after being laid, the little larvae are hatched, and immediately attack the…

"At the end of the third year it changes into a pupa, after having surrounded itself with a cocoon consolidated with a glutinous froth and some threads of silk."

Pupa of the Cockchafer (Melolontha Vulgaris)

"At the end of the third year it changes into a pupa, after having surrounded itself with a cocoon consolidated…

"At the end of the third year it changes into a pupa, after having surrounded itself with a cocoon consolidated with a glutinous froth and some threads of silk."

Pupa of the Cockchafer (Melolontha Vulgaris)

"At the end of the third year it changes into a pupa, after having surrounded itself with a cocoon consolidated…

"The Colorado Beetle is a beetle first described by Thomas Say, in 1824, from specimens found by him near the Upper Missouri. The larva feeds greedily on the potato, and having attracted notice in Colorado for its ravages among the crops of that esculent in the territory, it moved eastward year by year, till in 1874 it had reached the Atlantic seaboard. It is popularly known as the potato bug."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Colorado Beetle

"The Colorado Beetle is a beetle first described by Thomas Say, in 1824, from specimens found by him…

"The Colorado Beetle is a beetle first described by Thomas Say, in 1824, from specimens found by him near the Upper Missouri. The larva feeds greedily on the potato, and having attracted notice in Colorado for its ravages among the crops of that esculent in the territory, it moved eastward year by year, till in 1874 it had reached the Atlantic seaboard. It is popularly known as the potato bug."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Colorado Beetle Larva

"The Colorado Beetle is a beetle first described by Thomas Say, in 1824, from specimens found by him…

The Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), also known as the Colorado beetle, ten-striped spearman, the ten-lined potato beetle) is an important pest of potato crops. It is approximately 10 mm (0.4 inches) long, with a bright yellow/orange body and 5 bold brown stripes along the length of each of its elytra, and it can easily be confused with its close cousin and look-alike, the false potato beetle. The beetle was described in 1824 by Thomas Say from specimens collected in the Rocky Mountains on buffalo-bur, Solanum rostratum. The origin of the beetle is somewhat unclear, but it seems to be that Colorado and Mexico are a part of its native distribution in the southwestern North America

Colorado Potato Beetle

The Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), also known as the Colorado beetle, ten-striped…

An adult common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Adult Common Carpet Beetle

An adult common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Larva of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Common Carpet Beetle Larva

Larva of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Larva of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Common Carpet Beetle Larva

Larva of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Pupa of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

Common Carpet Beetle Pupa

Pupa of the common carpet beetle, a small grayish or black beetle belonging to the order Coleoptera.

"Corn Beetle: a, larva, natural size; b, larva, magnified; c, perfect insect, natural dize; d, perfect insect, magnified." &mdash; Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Corn Beetle

"Corn Beetle: a, larva, natural size; b, larva, magnified; c, perfect insect, natural dize; d, perfect…

"According to a traveler, the women of Egypt eat these cooked with butter to make them fat. They are used also for earache, bite of the scorpion, etc."

Ctenostoma Rugosa

"According to a traveler, the women of Egypt eat these cooked with butter to make them fat. They are…

"An insect very common in Havana, Brazil, Guiana and Mexico. It may be seen at night in great numbers amongst the foliage of trees. They sometimes are so numerous that they light up the forests for travelers in those countries where the heat prevents traveling by day."

Cucuyo (Pyrophorus Noctilucus)

"An insect very common in Havana, Brazil, Guiana and Mexico. It may be seen at night in great numbers…

Another insect belonging to the <em>Dytici</em> family, or Water Beetles.

Cybister Roeselii

Another insect belonging to the Dytici family, or Water Beetles.

Darkling beetles (also known as Darkening beetles) are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species. Many of the beetles have black elytra. Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents, sun spiders, and lizards.

Darkling Beetle

Darkling beetles (also known as Darkening beetles) are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated…

"Other species, which also bore into timber in their larva state, are well known by the name of <em>Death-watch - Anobium -</em> from their habit of knocking with their jaws against the wood-work upon which they are standing, this being the call of the insect to its mate." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Deathwatch Beetles

"Other species, which also bore into timber in their larva state, are well known by the name of Death-watch

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; larva.

Deathwatch Beetle

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; larva.

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; beetle from above.

Deathwatch Beetle

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; beetle from above.

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; beetle from side.

Deathwatch Beetle

The "death-watch," Sitodrepa panicea species; beetle from side.

"Even among the small species several of great beauty are to be met with, and few insects can boast of greater beauty than the well-known Diamond-beetle of Brazil, <em>Curculio imperialis</em>". &mdash Goodrich, 1859

Diamond Beetle

"Even among the small species several of great beauty are to be met with, and few insects can boast…

A splendid South American Beetle.

Diamond Beetle

A splendid South American Beetle.

The adult of Dytiscus fasciventris, a species of predacious diving beetles.

Diving Beetle

The adult of Dytiscus fasciventris, a species of predacious diving beetles.

The pupa of Dytiscus marginalis, the Great Diving Beetle.

Great Diving Beetle

The pupa of Dytiscus marginalis, the Great Diving Beetle.

A full grown Dominican Beetle.

Dominican Beetle

A full grown Dominican Beetle.

The larva of the drugstore beetle.

Drugstore Beetle

The larva of the drugstore beetle.

The pupa of the drugstore beetle.

Drugstore Beetle

The pupa of the drugstore beetle.

The adult of the drugstore beetle.

Drugstore Beetle

The adult of the drugstore beetle.

The adult of the drugstore beetle, side view.

Drugstore Beetle

The adult of the drugstore beetle, side view.

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known as "wheeling its drowsy flight" during fine evenings. This it does in search of a patch of cow-dung, through which it makes its way until reaching the ground, where it bores a perpendicular tunnel about 8 inches deep, and as wide as a man's finger; then ascending to the surface it conveys a quantity of dung to the bottom, and on this it proceeds to deposit an egg; another layer of the same material and another egg follow until the entire shaft is filled." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Dung Beetle

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known…

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known as "wheeling its drowsy flight" during fine evenings. This it does in search of a patch of cow-dung, through which it makes its way until reaching the ground, where it bores a perpendicular tunnel about 8 inches deep, and as wide as a man's finger; then ascending to the surface it conveys a quantity of dung to the bottom, and on this it proceeds to deposit an egg; another layer of the same material and another egg follow until the entire shaft is filled." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Dung Beetle

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known…

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known as "wheeling its drowsy flight" during fine evenings. This it does in search of a patch of cow-dung, through which it makes its way until reaching the ground, where it bores a perpendicular tunnel about 8 inches deep, and as wide as a man's finger; then ascending to the surface it conveys a quantity of dung to the bottom, and on this it proceeds to deposit an egg; another layer of the same material and another egg follow until the entire shaft is filled." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Dung Beetle

"A black insect, with brilliant metallic blue or purple reflections on the under side, and well known…

The dung beetle is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family and was a sacred icon to the Egyptians.

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family and was a sacred icon to the Egyptians.

"They introduce themselves under the skin of the carcasses of animals, and devour their flesh to the bone. [This] species climbs trees and attacks caterpillars."

Dung Beetle (Silpha Quadrapunctata)

"They introduce themselves under the skin of the carcasses of animals, and devour their flesh to the…

"Under Surface of Head of Tumble-bug (Copris carolina), about four times natural size. 1, galea; 2, palpifer; 3, lacinia; 4, subgalea; 5, maxillary palp; 6, stipes." -Whitney, 1911

Ventral View of Dung Beetle

"Under Surface of Head of Tumble-bug (Copris carolina), about four times natural size. 1, galea; 2,…

"The <em>Ateuchi</em> are large, flat insects, with a broudtoothed clypeus. To this genus belongs the Sacred Scarabaeus of the Egyptians."

Dynastes Hercules

"The Ateuchi are large, flat insects, with a broudtoothed clypeus. To this genus belongs the…

"The most common species of the <em>Dytici</em>, or Water Beetles. They sometimes attack the <em>Hydrophilus Piceus</em>."

Dyticus Marginalis (Female)

"The most common species of the Dytici, or Water Beetles. They sometimes attack the Hydrophilus

"The most common species of the <em>Dytici</em>, or Water Beetles. They sometimes attack the <em>Hydrophilus Piceus</em>."

Dyticus Marginalis (Male)

"The most common species of the Dytici, or Water Beetles. They sometimes attack the Hydrophilus

Elmis glaber is a species of beetle in the Elmidae family.

Elmis Beetle

Elmis glaber is a species of beetle in the Elmidae family.