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.
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