Beetles are a  very diverse kind of insects. They live almost everywhere in the world, even under water. Their bodies are adapted to live in all kinds of ecosystems which also causes every species very different from the rest.  Some of them have fin-like legs to swim, others have microscopic scales in their bodies that make them iridescent and some others have antennae two times their size.  All these characteristics are extremely functional for their lives, and through constant changes in evolution, have allow beetles to live in the planet for more than 200 million years. In this project divided in two independent modules, Diana has decided to explore the anatomical qualities of beetles.

COLEOPTERA explores the anatomical differences between beetles that belong to the same families. I chose five families and from each, two species that show the viewer how hard it is to classify individual species that may have a very varied appearance. 

 

CERAMBYCIDAE - LONGHORN BEETLES 

CURCULIONIDAE - SNOUT BEETLES

CHRYSOMELIDAE - LEAF BEETLES

CARABIDAE - COMMON BEETLES

LUCANIDAE - STAG BEETLES

 

This is how the final framed beetles look.