Coleoptera (plant pests)

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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Käfer
• English: beetles
• Español: escarabajos
• Français: escarbots
  Groups of Coleoptera  
Bruchidae (21 species)
Cerambycidae (65 species)
Chrysomelidae (81 species)
Curculionidae (111 species)
Scolytidae (139 species)
other families (31 species)
Other groups of beetles
Bostrichoidea (10 species)
Cucujoidea (32 species)
Scarabaeoidea (58 species)
Tenebrionoidea (15 species)
other Coleoptera families (52 species)
Chrysomela lapponica female ovipositing on a birch leaf (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Jürgen Gross, JKI, Dossenheim, Germany

Coleoptera (plant and storage pests)

Coleoptera have more species than other orders of insects. They are characterized by hardened forewings (elytra) which usually cover and protect the hindwings as well as most parts of the abdomen. In many species, the cuticle of adults is also unusually hard and strong compared to other insect groups. The larval stages are often worm-like or grub-like.

Important groups of plant pests are found in the families of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae), weevils (Curculionidae), bark beetles (Scolytidae) or longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae). In various groups the larvae are adapted to boring into plants. Several groups have specialized as storage pests.

This page refers to plant and storage pests only, for other groups of Coleoptera see:
hygenic/medical pest beetles
predatory beetles
Coleoptera (weed bioagents)

To navigate among the pages of these groups use the box on the top right or click on a family in the list below. Of course, you always have the option of using the wiki search function.

Families of Coleoptera (plant pests):