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Characteristics of Coleopterans
Examples Beetles
Wings 0-4 wings; Fore wings thickened and Hind wings membranous
Mouth Parts Chewing
Usual Number of Tarsal Segments 3 to 5
Metamorphosis Complete Metamorphosis
Usual Size Any size
Where usually found Almost anywhere

Beetles have two sets of wings normally, with the hind wings hidden under the tough front wings. Beetles use their hind wings for flight. They have multi-sectioned antennae in various shapes.

Many beetles are serious pests, as they attack all parts of plants. Others attack injured insects to help keep the population of other pests down.

Order Coleoptera is the largest of all the insect orders. As such, beetles are found all over the world. They also feed off of many different sources, from plants to other insects to being parasites in even more animals.

Order Coleoptera is divided into three suborders based upon many differnet body characteristics. The three suborders are: Archostemata, Adephaga, and Polyphaga.