A behind-the-scenes look at our beetle collection

Photo Galleries | Updated 3 months ago

Image of a shiny green and black beetleCalosoma schayeri, Native Australian beetle which belongs to the family Carabidae, subfamily Carabinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Image of a brown native Australian beetleCalosoma oceanicum, Native Australian beetle which belongs to the family Carabidae, subfamily Carabinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Image of a bulbous, shiny black beetleGenus Euryscaphus, Native Australian beetle which belongs to the family Carabidae, subfamily Scaritinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
A box of various native Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the family Carabidae, subfamily Helluoninae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black beetle native to AustraliaNative Australian beetle which belongs to the family Carabidae, genus Catadromus
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black beetle native to AustraliaNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Catadromus lacordairei, family Carabidae; commonly known as Catadromus Carabid Beetle or Greenlined Ground Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black beetle native to AustraliaNative Australian diving beetle which belongs to the species Cybister godeffroyi, family Dytiscidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black beetle native to AustraliaNative Australian beetle which belongs to the genus Pseudotetralobus, family Elateridae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Small brownish beetle native to AustraliaNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Paracalais suboculatus, family Elateridae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Dung beetle from Vietnam, bulbous black beetleForeign dung beetle collected in Vietnam; family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown and yellow dung beetles Introduced dung beetles which belongs to the species Onitis aygulus, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Male native Australian black beetle with hornMale specimen of a native Australian beetle which belongs to the species Haploscapanes barbarossa, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Female native Australian black beetleFemale specimen of a Native Australian beetle; species Haploscapanes barbarossa, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Male black south-east Asian rhinoceros beetleMale specimen of a south-east Asian rhinoceros beetle; genus Xylotrupes, family Scarabaeidae; commonly known as Elephant Beetle, Siamese rhinoceros beetle or fighting beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Golden coloured native rhinoceros beetleMale specimen of a native rhinoceros beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Tray of brown native Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Rear view of a shiny brown native Australian beetleRear view of a native Australian beetle which belongs to the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny brown native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Green and orange coloured foreign beetleForeign beetle which belongs to the species Ischiopsopha ignipennis, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Foreign beetleForeign beetle which belongs to the species Heterorrhina elegans, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Orange and black native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Dilochrosis walteri, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Orange and black native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Dilochrosis walteri, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Stenopisthes frenchi, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Beetle pupal cells in a boxPupal cells collected in Beacon, WA. Pupae are a stage in which beetles undergoing the last step of metamorphosis to become adults.
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Red and black native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Dilochrosis balteata, family Scarabaeidae; commonly known as Red Spot Rosechafer
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green and yellow native Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Hemipharis insularis, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown native Australian beetles in a boxNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Eupoecila inscripta, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Native Australian black and brown beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Eupoecila inscripta, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Greenish native Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Eupoecila inscripta, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Native Australian beetles in a boxNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Eupoecila australasiae, family Scarabaeidae; commonly known as Fiddler Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black and creamy coloured native Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Trichaulax marginipennis, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Native Australian orange and black-striped beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Trichaulax macleayi, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Native Australian Beetles, black and red in colourNative Australian Beetles which belong to the species Tapinoschema digglesii, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Colourful foreign beetleForeign beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, subfamily Cetoniinae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Lime-green coloured native Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Ischiopsopha wallacei yorkiana, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black and golden brown beetlesForeign beetles which belong to the species Lomaptera annae, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Male black beetleForeign male beetle collected in India; species Lucanus lunifer, family Lucanidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Australian black and brown beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Prosopocoilus bison, family Lucanidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
 Box of Australian Golden Stag BeetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Lamprima aurata, family Lucanidae; commonly known as Golden Stag Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Australian Golden Stag BeetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Lamprima aurata, family Lucanidae; commonly known as Golden Stag Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Australian Golden Stag BeetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Lamprima aurata, family Lucanidae; commonly known as Golden Stag Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of shiny green - brown beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the family Lucanidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green beetleNative Australian beetle of the genus Lamprima, which belongs to the family Lucanidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Mastachilus polyphyllus, family Passalidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Black Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Omorgus gigas, family Trogidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown bulbous Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Bolboleaus truncatus, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown bulbous Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Bolboleaus truncatus, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown bulbous Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Bolboleaus truncatus, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown bulbous Australian beetles with wings expandedNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Bolborhachium tricavicolle, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown bulbous Australian beetle with wings expandedNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Bolborhachium tricavicolle, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown bulbous Australian beetle with wings expandedClose-up of a wing of a native Australian beetle which belongs to the species Bolborhachium tricavicolle, family Bolboceratidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of large brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the genus Lepidiota, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of large brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the genus Pachytricha, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Brown Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the genus Pachytricha, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the genus Pachytricha, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of green, red and blue coloured Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Anoplognathus smaragdinus, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of light brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Anoplognathus macleayi aurora, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of light brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Anoplognathus macleayi aurora, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Anoplognathus aeneus, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Gold and green Australian beetleNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Calloodes grayianus, family Scarabaeidae; commonly known as Golden Bordered Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
A green, yellow and red beetle in a boxNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Anoplostethus laetus, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green and golden beetles in a boxNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Epichrysus lamprimoides, family Scarabaeidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Reddish-brown coloured Australian beetleNative Australian beetle which belongs to the species Julodimorpha saundersii¸ family Buprestidae; commonly known as Giant Jewel Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Underside of a native Australian beetleUnderside of a specimen which belongs to the species Julodimorpha saundersii, family Buprestidae; commonly known as Giant Jewel Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green and brown Australian beetleNative Australian jewel beetle which belong to the species Calodema regalis, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Underside of an Australian shiny green beetleUnderside of a native Australian jewel beetle which belong to the species Calodema regalis, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown Australian beetlesNative Australian beetles which belong to the species Julodimorpha saundersii, family Buprestidae; commonly known as Giant Jewel Beetle
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown Australian beetlesNative Australian jewel beetles which belong to the species Stigmodera macularia, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Underside of a native Australian beetleUnderside of a native Australian jewel beetle which belongs to the species Temognatha duboulayi, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Orange and black Australian beetleNative Australian jewel beetle which belongs to the species Temognatha duboulayi, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Stripy colourful Australian beetlesNative Australian jewel beetles which belong to the species Temognatha conspicillata, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of black and red coloured Australian beetlesNative Australian jewel beetles which belong to the species Temognatha mnizechii, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Box of brown/orange coloured Australian beetlesNative Australian jewel beetles which belong to the species Temognatha chevrolatii, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum
Shiny green and orangey coloured beetleNative Australian jewel beetle which belongs to the species Temognatha chevrolatii, family Buprestidae
Jessica Scholle, WA Museum

The Coleoptera, commonly called beetles, are by far the largest order of insects. More than 420,000 species are described worldwide, making up about 40% of all known insects species and almost 25% of all known animals. This large order includes diving beetles, ladybugs, stag beetles, weevils and ground beetles. Beetles occur in all terrestrial habitats including dry regions, tropical forests and freshwater or beach environments, except in the Polar Regions. Some species are herbivores, eating flowers, fruits, roots, leaves, buds and seeds, whereas other beetles are carnivorous, feeding on insects and animal corpses. Some are xylophagous, which means they consume wood. Through this photo gallery, explore a small part of our beetle collection and note the diversity in shape, size and colour of the largest insect order. 

Further Information

Dirty dancing: dung beetles get down to walk the line, Nature

Early 2014 a plague of “stink bugs” was recorded in a workshop in Leonora, WA. Find out more on our website.

Curious about diving beetles? The first species of subterranean diving beetles found in Western Australia were discovered during fieldwork led by the Western Australian Museum