AW Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

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Index to Beetles (Order Coleoptera)

Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:31 pm

Index to Beetles (Order Coleoptera)


Families in the Suborder Adephaga
Aspidytidae (Aquatic)
Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Anthia cinctipennis Ground Spitting Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=143181#p143181
Anthia sp. Ground Spitting Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=177254#p177254
Chaetodera regalis Royal Tiger Beetle, African Riverine Tiger Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=30#p163510
Termophilum burchelli burchelli Ground Beetle viewtopic.php?p=216644#p216644
Termophilum decemguttatum Ten spotted Ground Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p163113
Termophilum fornasinii, Anthia fornasinii Predatory Ground Beetle viewtopic.php?p=251911#p251911
Unidentified Pedunculate Ground Beetle viewtopic.php?p=207546#p207546
Dytiscidae (Water Beetles)
Gyrinidae (Whirligig Beetles)
Dineutus grossus grossus Whirligig Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=143518#p143518
Haliplidae (aquatic)
Rhysodidae (aquatic)

Families in the Suborder Polyphaga
Buprestidae (jewel beetles)
Acmaeodera viridaenea Glittering Jewel Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=141932#p141932
Cerambycidae (Longicorn Beetles, Timber Beetles)
Ceroplesis ferrugator Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=141929#p141929
Phantasis carinata Ground Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p160824
Phantasis gigantea Giant Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?p=192875#p192875
Promeces longipes Common Metallic Longhorn viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=141934#p141934
Prosopocera (Dalterus) blairiella blairiella Flatface Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?p=312380#p312380
Tetradia lophoptera Dumpy Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p156818
Titoceres jaspideus Flatface Longhorn Beetle viewtopic.php?p=291909#p291909
Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles, Bruchid Beetles)
Cryptocephalus decemnotatus Ten-spotted Leaf Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p163501
Monolepta sternalis Leaf Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p161315
Monolepta sp. Leaf Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p162971
Polyclada sp. Arrow Poison Flea Beatle viewtopic.php?p=312379#p312379
Clytrine Leaf Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=175772#p175772
Hispine Leaf Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&p=176028#p176028
Tortoise Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&p=176088#p176088
Cleridae (Chequered Beetles)
Clerine Checkered Beetle viewtopic.php?p=248883#p248883
Coccinellidae (Ladybirds)
Cheilomenes lunata Lunate Ladybird viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=142602#p142602
Epilachna dregei Potato Ladybird viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=30#p165686
Harmonia axyridis Harlequin Ladybird, Asian Ladybird Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p162211
Oenopia cinctella Black-ringed Ladybird viewtopic.php?f=247&p=148898#p148898
Platynaspis capicola Ladybird viewtopic.php?p=196665#p196665
Curculionidae (True Weevils)
Bronchus sp Weevil viewtopic.php?f=247&p=176020#p176020
Protostrophus sp Beaded Weevil viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=30#p167184
Unidentified Curcolinoid Weevil viewtopic.php?f=247&p=176023#p176023
Dermestidae (Hide Beetles, Museum Beetles)
Elateridae (click beetles)
Histeridae (Steel Beetles, Hister Beetles)
Lampyridae (Fireflies, Glow Worms)
Lampyris sp Glow Worm viewtopic.php?p=205771#p205771
Lycidae (Net-winged Beetles)
Lycus melanurus Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=142214#p142214
Lycus trabeatus Tailed Net-winged Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&p=149406#p149406
Lyctidae Lymexylidae (ship-timber beetles)
Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Ceroctis capensis Spotted Blister Beetle viewtopic.php?p=149407#p149407
Decapotoma lunata Lunate Blister Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=144024#p144024
Hycleus lugens Blister Beetle viewtopic.php?p=261393#p261393
Hycleus oculatus CMR Bean Beetle viewtopic.php?p=208382#p208382
Lydomorphus bisignatus Slender Grey Blister Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=177352#p177352
Melyridae (soft-winged flower beetles)
Astylus atromaculatus Spotted Maize Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&p=185597#p185597
Rhipiceridae (Parasitic Comb Beetles)
Anachalcos convexus Plum Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p160390
Atrichelaphinis tigrina Tiger Fruit & Flower Chafer viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p156410
Copris elphenor, Copris laticornis Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=142165#p142165
Circellium bacchus Flightless Dung Beetle, Addo Flightless Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182#p141922
Cyphonistes vallatus Rhino Beetle possibly Fork-horned Rhino Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=20#p163011
Dischista cincta Savanna Fruit Chafer viewtopic.php?p=244854#p244854
Gymnopleurus humeralis Small Green Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?p=256126#p256126
Heliocopris sp.Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?p=260389#p260389
Hypopholis sommeri Rose Chafer, Large Wattle Chafer viewtopic.php?f=247&p=148877#p148877
Lepisia braunsi Monkey Beetle viewtopic.php?p=240441#p240441
Lepithrix pseudolineata Spider Monkey Beetle viewtopic.php?p=240438#p240438
Leucocelis adspersa Fruit Chafer viewtopic.php?p=240795#p240795
Leucocelis amethystina Amethyst Fruit Chafer viewtopic.php?f=247&p=177664#p177664
Pachnoda sinuata Garden Fruit Chafer, Brown-and-yellow Flower Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&start=30#p166818
Pachylomera femoralis Giant Flattened Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?p=283109#p283109
Scarabaeus nigroaeneus, Kheper nigroaeneus Large Copper Dung Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=142608#p142608
Sparrmannia flava Woolly Chafer viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=177839#p177839
Trichostetha capensis Brunia Beetle, Protea Fruit Chafer, Cape Protea Beetle viewtopic.php?p=149503#p149503
Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles, Toktokkies)
Adesmia cribripes, Physosterna cribripes Desert Toktokkie viewtopic.php?p=190620#p190620
Anomalipus sp. Armoured Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=177648#p177648
Anomalipus sp. Armoured Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=192803#p192803
Anomalipus sp. Armoured Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=210596#p210596
Dichtha incantatoris White-legged Toktokkie viewtopic.php?p=306301#p306301
Eurychora sp. Mouldy Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=143907#p143903
Lagria sp. Hairy Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=195397#p195397
Lagria sp. Hairy Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=196061#p196061
Psammodes striatus Striped Toktokkie viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=174894#p174894
Psammodes sp. Toktokkie viewtopic.php?p=196441#p196441
Somaticus aeneus Tar Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=260948#p260948
Somaticus sp. Tar Darkling Beetle viewtopic.php?p=207885#p207885
Stenocara gracilipes Racing-stripe Ground Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=143907#p143907
Zophosis sp. Frantic Tortoise Beetle viewtopic.php?p=195135#p195135
Throscidae (Carcass Beetles)
Trogidae (Hide Beetles)
Omorgus asperulatus Hair Beetle viewtopic.php?f=247&t=3182&p=142128#p142128
Trogossitidae (Gnawing Beetles)

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:37 pm

Flightless Dung Beetle, Addo Flightless Dung Beetle Circellium bacchus
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea. Family: Scarabaeidae. Subfamily: Scarabaeinae

Addo Elephant National Park

Image © nan
Addo Elephant National Park

One of a few flightless dung beetles. Large body (length 30-45mm), black and moderately shiny, globular with rounded outline. Very large pronotum, almaost equal in size to abdomen.

Geographical distribution
This scarab beetle was once widespread throughout South Africa but is now limited to a few pockets of populations, the largest being at Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape Province. Another stable population occurs at the Buffalo Valley Game Farm near Knysna.

Fish river scrub and spekboomveld.

While they are generalist dung feeders, they have a preference for elephant dung but have been recorded feeding on rabbit, baboon, various antelope, human, ostrich and baboon dung/faeces. Feeding might take place at the dung site or a small ball prepared and rolled away and eaten in a protected location. The younger adults usually do this.

However, buffalo dung is preferred for breeding. Females produce only one off-spring per breeding cycle, usually one but sometimes two per year so fecundity is therefore low. When breeding, the female removes a portion of dung from the pile, pats it onto a ball and rolls it away, from 7 to 80m, depending on when she finds a suitable site. Unlike other dung beetles, the male trails her by a few centimeters and does not help roll the ball. When the ideal site is decided on, the female excavates the hole and the male then positions himself on top of the dung ball and sinks down with it, the depth varying from 17 to 37 cm. Mating then takes place and the egg is deposited. The male returns to the surface and the female remains with her brood throughout the early (larval) development. This is critical for the survival of the larva as she constantly clears away fungus that develops on the outside of the dung ball. The development time from egg to adult ranges from 120 to 140 days. The young adult then feeds for another 50 to 65 days before becoming sexually mature.

Conservation status
While this species is not included on the IUCN list of threatened species, it complies with most of the criteria and therefore qualifies as "vulnerable". Its vulnerability is attributed to: small, restricted and isolated populations; the habitat is constantly under threat from agriculture and general human encroachment; climate change; low fecundity (breeding capacity); low dispersability as it is flightless; habitat specialisation; co-evolution with and dependence on falling numbers of vertebrates (elephant and buffalo).

Image © PJL

Image © PJL
Addo Elephant National Park

Links: Biodiversity Explorer; Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths, Alan Weaving: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:20 pm

Longhorn Beetle sp. Ceroplesis ferrugator
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea. Family: Cerambycidae

Image © BluTuna
Ceroplesis ferrugator subsp. marginalis in Kgalagadi

Size: 32-39 mm. The only Ceroplesis species in the region without obvious transverse red bands or transversely elongate red patches. Narrow red margin around grey elytra is diagnostic.

Geographical distribution
Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:46 pm

Glittering Jewel Beetle Acmaeodera viridaenea
Family: Buprestidae. Subfamily: Acmaeoderinae

Image © BluTuna

Size: 13-17 mm. Females are metallic green to purple. Males are greenish brown with coppry sides. Head and pronotum heavily punctured. Elytra with longitudinal ridges and rows of distinct punctures. Legs black.

Geographical distribution
South Africa, Namibia

Diverse. One of the most common juwel beetles in the region.

Flower petals (mostly of Acacia or Grewia).

Adults are active during the hottest time of the day, tending to hoover around flowers.

Links: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths, Alan Weaving: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:15 pm

Common Metallic Longhorn Promeces longipes
Family: Cerambycidae. Subfamily: Cerambycinae

Image © BluTuna

Size: 14 mm. One of the key features is the twelve segmented antennae.

Geographical distribution
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mocambique.

They feed on pollen and nectar. The larvae feeds as it burrows into wood.

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:00 pm

Hair Beetle, Carcass Beetle Omorgus asperulatus
Family: Trogidae

Image © nan
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Carcass beetles of the family Trogidae are greyish black, heavily sculptured, small to medium sized beetles. Adults and larvae feed on animal remains and carnivore and raptor faeces. Adults occur underneath the food source and scarab-like larvae in burrows in the soil also underneath it.

Medium-sized (body length 15 mm). Body, especially abdomen domed. Head and pronotum coarsely punctured, brownish with black raised areas and tubercles, forming a pattern. Elytra black with rows of black tubercles and scattered brownish patches. Legs black, mid and hind tibiae with brownish sections.

Free State, Northwest Province and Northern Cape, to Namibia and Botswana; November to April.

Arid savannah and desert.

Links: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths, Alan Weaving: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, Wikipedia: Trogidae, Checklist: The Hair Beetles (Coleoptera: Trogidae) of South Africa

Image © PRWIN
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Image © Mel
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Grootkolk

Image © ExFmem
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kieliekrankie

Image © nan

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:42 pm

Dung Beetle Copris elphenor, Copris laticornis
Family: Scarabaeidae. Subfamily: Coprinae

Image Male

Copris elphenor, a medium-sized scarab beetle, is approximately 30 mm in length. The body is glossy black in colour, with a strongly punctured surface. The wing covers are glossy black, with distinct longitudinal grooves. The male has a large horn.

Geographical distribution
Widespread in Africa; in Southern Africa it is found in South Africa (eg. Kruger National Park), Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mocambique, Angola.


A large fast burying tunnel species and a pair will bury one dung mass (100-300 g) within 24-48 hours of pad colonization. The male digs tunnels under the dung and fills them with the dung. Females come and lay an egg at each tunnel so that when the larvae hatches it can feed off it.

Links: Dung Beetles of Africa

Don't know where they get dung here in the city centre.... O-/

Re: Africa Wild Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:17 pm

Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle Lycus melanurus
Family: Lycidae



Net-winged beetles of the family Lycidae are small to medium sized (6-25 mm), orange and black, soft-bodied beetles. The elytra bear intricate network of ridges, hence the name, although the patterning sometimes looks like filigree. The head is almost entirely hidden by the pronotum and the elytra are sometimes broadly expanded and these species look like seeds.
Adults are active by day and occur on various plants and grasses and also feed on nectar. The larvae live in decaying wood and possibly feed on fungi. The orange and black colouration is mimicked by various insects as these animals contain cantharadin and are distasteful to birds and other predators.
Net-winged beetles are all poisonous and therefore display aposematic colouration in combinations of orange and black patterns, which is mimicked by certain long-horn beetles and moths. The longitudinal ridges on the wings are characteristic of the net-winged beetles. They are slow flying insects that are very common on flower inflorescences and flower heads during the summer months. The larvae are predatory on other insects and look very similar to the larvae of the glow worms or fire flies. Eggs are laid under bark and in rotten wood, where the eggs will hatch and the larvae start feeding on other insects.

Lycus melanurus is small to medium with a body length of 11-25 mm. Antennae moderately serrate. Pronotum black, with broad orange lateral borders. Elytra with anterior expansion, produced into backward-pointing hooks; base black at centre, frontal half orange, rear half black.

Forest, savannah amd grassland.

Links: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths, Alan Weaving: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa

AW Insect Book: Beetles - Photos & Descriptions

Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:58 pm

Lunate Ladybird Cheilomenes lunata
Family: Coccinellidae. Subfamily: Coccinellinae. Tribe: Coccinellini

Image © BluTuna

Image © BluTuna

Image © BluTuna
Garden in Johannesburg

The subfamily Coccinellinae includes the typical Labybird Beetles that are large, shiny and usually spotted.

Medium-sized shiny beetle with a body length of 7 mm. Head and pronotum black with cream markings. Elytra (shield wings) black with a pattern of red or yellow patches.
Larvae black with yellow markings and traverse row of six short tubercles on each segment of the abdomen.

Diverse. A common species in gardens.

Adult and larvae are predatory, especially on aphids.

Image © Super Mongoose

Image © Super Mongoose
Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve, North West Province

Links: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths, Alan Weaving: Field Guide to Insects of South Africa