GENERAL FAMILIES / NOVEL BEETLES
The second part of the collection includes examples of the many other families that belong to the Order Coleoptera.
Examples of these other families are:
Generally elongated and named click beetles for their ability to flick themselves into the air and right themselves when they fall on their backs. They achieve this by a mechanism between their protothorax and mesothorax.
Stag beetles get their name from the large antler-like mandibles on the male.
Sexual dimorphism is pronounced: females have much smaller mandibles. These
beetles are becoming increasingly rare.
Cardinal beetles live under bark and are predaceous, eating other insects or
These are the largest beetles in the collection. Their size and beauty have made them popular with collectors, they are now considered rare.