About the Order Coleoptera
Beetles constitute the largest order not
only of insects but also of the entire animal kingdom.
The name Coleoptera is derived from the Greek
words koleon, meaning "sheath," and pteron,
meaning "wing." It refers to the beetle's
characteristic hardened front wings that meet along the
middle line of the back and form a protective sheath over
the hind wings.
of a Beetle
The three main parts of a beetle's body --
head, thorax, and abdomen -- are strongly joined
Life Cycle of a
The larvae of some beetles look like worms
with large heads. Some beetle larvae have no legs; others
are covered with tufts or rows of long bristles.
Boll Weevil (Anthonomous
Originally native to Mexico, the boll
weevil spread into Texas in the late-1800's, and through
the rest of the "cotton belt" by the 1910's. A
single generation of boll weevils can totally decimate a
cotton field, and the numerous generations possible in
any given growing season can easily destroy a