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Sevenspotted lady beetles (Coccinella septempunctata) are predatory
Courtesy of KenJonBro, via Flickr: EOL Images, CC-BY-NC

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About Beetles (Order Coleoptera): Biodiversity

Beetles are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth. More than 350,000 species of beetle have been described, making one in every five species of organism a beetle. Beetles got an early start; the first beetles appeared during the Triassic (about 240 million years ago). Munching on plants, algae, and fungi, beetles were well-positioned to exploit the first flowering plants as they arrived on the scene. Beetles were among the first pollinators, visiting flowers to eat nectar and other plant products. Flowers became specialized for attracting (and feeding) beetles, such as magnolias whose appearance and smell continues to attract beetles. While bees certainly have the monopoly on pollination these days, the win-win relationship (mutualism) between beetles and flowering plants may have contributed to beetles becoming an exceptionally diverse group. Their sturdy body plan, with a hardened set of front wings (elytra) protecting the softer, hind wings underneath, may also have contributed to their success.

Sevenspotted lady beetles (Coccinella septempunctata) are predatory
Courtesy of KenJonBro, via Flickr: EOL Images, CC-BY-NC

VIDEO LIBRARY

About Beetles (Order Coleoptera): Biodiversity

Beetles are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth. More than 350,000 species of beetle have been described, making one in every five species of organism a beetle. Beetles got an early start; the first beetles appeared during the Triassic (about 240 million years ago). Munching on plants, algae, and fungi, beetles were well-positioned to exploit the first flowering plants as they arrived on the scene. Beetles were among the first pollinators, visiting flowers to eat nectar and other plant products. Flowers became specialized for attracting (and feeding) beetles, such as magnolias whose appearance and smell continues to attract beetles. While bees certainly have the monopoly on pollination these days, the win-win relationship (mutualism) between beetles and flowering plants may have contributed to beetles becoming an exceptionally diverse group. Their sturdy body plan, with a hardened set of front wings (elytra) protecting the softer, hind wings underneath, may also have contributed to their success.

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Sevenspotted lady beetles (Coccinella septempunctata) are predatory
Courtesy of KenJonBro, via Flickr: EOL Images, CC-BY-NC

VIDEO LIBRARY

About Beetles (Order Coleoptera): Biodiversity

Beetles are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth. More than 350,000 species of beetle have been described, making one in every five species of organism a beetle. Beetles got an early start; the first beetles appeared during the Triassic (about 240 million years ago). Munching on plants, algae, and fungi, beetles were well-positioned to exploit the first flowering plants as they arrived on the scene. Beetles were among the first pollinators, visiting flowers to eat nectar and other plant products. Flowers became specialized for attracting (and feeding) beetles, such as magnolias whose appearance and smell continues to attract beetles. While bees certainly have the monopoly on pollination these days, the win-win relationship (mutualism) between beetles and flowering plants may have contributed to beetles becoming an exceptionally diverse group. Their sturdy body plan, with a hardened set of front wings (elytra) protecting the softer, hind wings underneath, may also have contributed to their success.

Related Resources
Sevenspotted lady beetles (Coccinella septempunctata) are predatory
Courtesy of KenJonBro, via Flickr: EOL Images, CC-BY-NC

VIDEO LIBRARY

About Beetles (Order Coleoptera): Biodiversity

Beetles are the most diverse group of organisms on Earth. More than 350,000 species of beetle have been described, making one in every five species of organism a beetle. Beetles got an early start; the first beetles appeared during the Triassic (about 240 million years ago). Munching on plants, algae, and fungi, beetles were well-positioned to exploit the first flowering plants as they arrived on the scene. Beetles were among the first pollinators, visiting flowers to eat nectar and other plant products. Flowers became specialized for attracting (and feeding) beetles, such as magnolias whose appearance and smell continues to attract beetles. While bees certainly have the monopoly on pollination these days, the win-win relationship (mutualism) between beetles and flowering plants may have contributed to beetles becoming an exceptionally diverse group. Their sturdy body plan, with a hardened set of front wings (elytra) protecting the softer, hind wings underneath, may also have contributed to their success.

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