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Beetle

Representing the largest order of insects (Coleoptera) and more than a 1/4 of all animals on Earth, beetles are a very diverse group. They have hard front wings that fold over and protect their bodies and range in size from almost microscopic to bigger than your fist.

Discover the important roles beetles play in the environment and how they help museum work and forensic teams.

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Dung Beetle Derby

Dung Beetle Derby

Solve puzzles to help the dung beetle navigate obstacles and keep up its beneficial dung removal and recycling service in this fun game. More...

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National Geographic
Science Today: Flesh Eating Beetles

Science Today: Flesh Eating Beetles

From the depths of your worst nightmare: Flesh-eating beetles earn their keep in natural history museums by efficiently cleaning skeletons of flesh. More...

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California Academy of Sciences
Scientists Discover Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for GPS

Scientists Discover Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for GPS

How does a dung beetle get its dung ball back to its nest? By using the position of the Milky Way, of course. Find out how scientists made this discovery. (Hint: It involves beetle hats.) More...

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NPR
Dung Beetles Mediate Methane

Dung Beetles Mediate Methane

Did you know that dung beetles help reduce global warming? Cowpats excavated by dung beetles produce less methane, a greenhouse gas. Find out why. More...

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AMNH
Entomology

Entomology

Beetles and other insects have us humans way outnumbered, so it’s a good thing that some people devote their lives to studying them, right? Find out more about the career of entomology. More...

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Wonderville
Secret Life of Beetles

Secret Life of Beetles

Gross-out alert! If you don’t think it will creep you out, watch this amazing time-lapse video of flesh-eating beetles stripping a deceased Scarlet Macaw to the bone, courtesy of London’s Natural History Museum. More...

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Natural History Museum, London
Sticky Tape Inspired by Insect Feet

Sticky Tape Inspired by Insect Feet

Beetles can walk upside down on glass thanks to the hairy surface of their feet. Find out how they inspired the development of extremely sticky, adhesive-free tape. More...

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Phys.org
Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks and Wildfire

Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks and Wildfire

What on Earth could NASA, beetles, and forest wildfires have in common? Quite a bit — but with some unexpected twists. Take a look. More...

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NASA
The Ultimate Beetle Quiz

The Ultimate Beetle Quiz

How much do you think you know about Earth’s largest group of insects? Test your beetle know-how with this quiz. More...

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HowStuffWorks

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