A Guide to beetles attracted to light
An interesting array of beetle fauna can be found using light trapping methods, with some species only being recorded this way. This guide hopes to point people new to beetles in the correct direction for identification purposes and if required a list the relevant ID features required in a photo for a definitive determination. Some species will still require microscopic examination for a species level identification, but this guide hopes to, at the very least streamline that process.
This guide builds on the moth trap intruders information produced by Martin Harvey, who I would like to thank for his support and the extensive use of his guides which have helped me generate
I'd also like to thank everyone from the Moth Trap Intruders Uk Facebook page, who have allowed me to use their images.
As a general rule for beetles an ideal images will include:
Dorsal shot on flat surface
Antennae and legs
Reference of size or an accurate measurement
Underside shot (especially in water beetles)
Beetles, like moths can be chilled for short periods to slow them down to take a photo with no ill effects.
Beetle overview by shape
With over 4000 species of beetle in over 100 different families learning beetle taxonomy is not a ‘quick’ exercise.
To remedy this, this guide has been arranged in sections of ‘overall shape’ of the beetles themselves.
This is still a work in process, and I am planning to continue updating this guide however most of the common suspects have been covered.
Missing something? Let me know
Click on the icon that matches your beetle shape best to go to the correct section.
Disclaimer: This will group unrelated species together in an attempt to save time.
Images: Luke Hand
Images: Luke Hand