order of insects
Beetles are a diverse and wide-ranging class of insects in the order Coleoptera generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings, and often an indistinct separation of body segments.
- An inordinate fondness for beetles.
- J. B. S. Haldane, a possibly apocryphal reply to theologians who inquired if there was anything that could be concluded about the Creator from the study of creation; as described in "Homage to Santa Rosalia, or why are there so many kinds of animals" by G. Evelyn Hutchinson in American Naturalist (May-June 1959); This alludes to the fact that there are more types of beetles than any other form of insect, and more insects than any other kind of animal.
- O'er folded blooms
On swirls of musk,
The beetle booms adown the glooms
And bumps along the dusk.
- James Whitcomb Riley, The Beetle; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 64.
- And often, to our comfort, shall we find
The sharded beetle in a safer hold
Than is the full-winged eagle.