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WikiProject Beetles
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Male Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus; one of the most recognisable beetles.
Category Coleoptera
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Has goals?
  • Expand Wikipedia's coverage of Beetles
  • Improve the quality of existing articles
~"If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation, it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."
~ probably J. B. S. Haldane

WikiProject Beetles aims to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Beetles (Coleoptera). With about 400,000 described species, it the largest of all orders, constituting almost 40% of described insects and 25% of all known animal life-forms. From the world's largest beetle, the Hercules beetle which measures up to 16.7 cm, to the smallest, a featherwing beetle Scydosella musawasensis which may measure as little as 0.325 mm in length, to the colourful Chrysolina cerealis, the familiar Coccinellidae, and the nuisance Colorado potato beetle there is huge variation in the world of beetles. And with new species being frequently discovered there is plenty of work to do.

Welcome! If you have any questions, please ask them on the talk page of this WikiProject.

For details on the current project collaborations see the tasks page.


WikiProject Beetles is a descendant of Wikipedia:WikiProject Insects.

WikiProject Science.
WikiProject Biology
WikiProject Tree of Life
WikiProject Animals
WikiProject Insects

History and progress[edit]

This project was founded on July 3, 2011 by User:John Troodon, who was a sockpuppet of User:Dromaeosaur Dude. Following a brief period of activity, it suffered a period of decline, becoming semi-active and just nearly reached the inactive point. It stayed like this, very un-useful, until late 2014, when it was revived by the efforts of a group of dedicated editors.

For progress, see /Progress.


If you wish to join this project, please add your name here along with a little description about your interests:

  1. User:Daniel Mietchen
  2. User:Gug01 - am interested in the family Carabidae, particularly the subfamilies Broscinae and Cicindelinae, but am happy to help wherever needed.
  3. User:Mishae - Wrote a lot of articles on beetles and entomologists. (User blocked indefinitely February 2017)
  4. User:Hectonichus - Wrote a lot of articles on beetles and other families.
  5. User:Wilhelmina Will - Fill in missing beetle taxonomy pages; develop these pages where possible.
  6. User:Mothman27 - I am interested in Cetoniidae, Lucaniidae, Carabidae, and many others. I will help where I can.
  7. User:Zakhx150 - Particularly interested in Chrysomelidae and Anobiidae.
  8. User:IExistToHelp- I won many competitions about beetles when I was in grade and middle school.


See {{Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Beetle articles by quality log}} for recent assesments.


Stub templates[edit]

Below is a chart of stub templates that can be used. Any templates below the familial status have not been added. Please feel free to do so.

Suborder template Family templates
{{Polyphaga-stub}} {{anobiidae-stub}}  • {{belidae-stub}}  • {{buprestidae-stub}} • {{cantharidae-stub}} • {{cerambycidae-stub}} • {{chrysomelidae-stub}} • {{coccinellidae-stub}} • {{curculionidae-stub}} • {{elateridae-stub}} • {{firefly-stub}} • {{histeridae-stub}} • {{leiodidae-stub}} • {{lucanidae-stub}} • {{passalidae-stub}} • {{scarabaeidae-stub}} • {{silphidae-stub}} - and more, see Polyphaga stubs category
{{Adephaga-stub}} {{Carabidae-stub}}  • {{dytiscidae-stub}}  • {{Haliplidae-stub}}  • {{Geotrupidae-stub}}  • {{Gyrinidae-stub}}  • {{Noteridae-stub}}
{{Myxophaga-stub}} N/A
{{Archostemata-stub}} N/A

Userboxes and project banner[edit]

Tag article talk pages with the following template: {{WikiProject Beetles}}

Adding the following template to your userpage to display the userbox displayed below: {{User WikiProject Beetles}}

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In recognition of helpful contributions to the Wikiproject, please use the following barnstar to show our appreciation.

Golden stag beetle.jpg The Golden Stag Beetle Barnstar
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