The Ultimate Beetle Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

How many species of beetles are there?

There are more beetle species than any other insect: 300,000 species; 30,000 of them in North America.

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What is a beetle's external cover called?

A beetle has specialized and extremely durable forewings (outer wings) that form a protective covering, called an elytra.

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What do beetle forewings look like?

A beetle's forewings are heavy and thorny, unlike those of a bug, which are overlaid with gauzy tips.

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What are a beetle's hindwings like?

A beetle's hindwings are thin and membranous. For protection, they are encased by the forewings.

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How does a beetle fly?

A beetle flies by raising its forewings and unfolding its hindwings, which do most of the work. The beating wings make a whirring or humming sound.

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What do the forewings of beetles who don't fly look like?

Beetles who don't fly have forewings that are fused together across the midline of the back. They compensate by being fast runners.

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How do beetles consume food?

Beetles consume food by biting, unlike bugs, which have sucking beaks. In fact, the name beetle is derived from the Anglo Saxon word 'bitn', which means 'to bite.'

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How many pairs of legs do beetles have?

Beetles have three pairs of legs, either suitable for swimming, digging or running, depending on the species.

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What is the size of the longest beetle?

The longest beetle reaches up to five or six inches in length.

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How much does the goliath beetle weigh?

The goliath beetle, the heaviest beetle known to man, weighs two pounds. It is native to Africa.

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Which species of beetles are beneficial to crops?

Most beetles are destructive, consuming live matter like vegetables, wool and carpets, as well as other insects. Ladybugs are beneficial for plants, because they prey on plant-eating insects.

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In what climates and conditions to beetles thrive?

Beetles are highly adaptable creatures. They live in all parts of the world, in various climates and conditions, from rivers to deserts to mountains.

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Which species of beetle camouflages itself?

The cryptic beetle camouflages itself into tree barks and leaves. The darkling beetle is one example of a cryptic beetle.

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What do some Jewel beetles have on their backs?

Aside from bright and attractive colors which attract prey, some Jewel beetles have color patterns that resemble an eye, which startles predators.

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What does a mimicry beetle do to protect itself?

To confuse its predators, the mimicry beetle mimics the behavior of other insects, such as ants and butterflies.

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How many stages are there to a beetle's lifecycle?

There are four stages in a beetle's lifecycle. Once it has gone through all four stages, it is called a complete metamorphous.

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What are the four stages of a beetle's lifecycle?

The four stages of a beetle's lifecycle are: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Some species of beetles produce several generations of beetles a year, some take up to five years to go through all these stages.

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What do beetle larva look like?

Beetle larva look like worms. As they go through the pupa stage and become adults, they molt their outer skin several times.

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How does a beetle breathe underwater?

Underwater beetles breathe through the bubble of oxygen they trap under their elytra. They have long, oval bodies, perfect for swimming and diving.

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What feature do elephants and elephant beetles have in common?

Elephant beetles have five horns that look like tusks. They use these to protect their food supply -- sap from broken tree trunks.

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