Beetles are the most diverse group of insects in world, a fact that is driven largely by the incredible diversity found in the tropics. While they’re not the most diverse group in North America (that’s thought to be flies, with an estimated 61,000 species on the continent!!), there are still lots and lots of beetles in prairies. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has their own fascinating life story.
I’m no beetle expert, so I don’t know as many of those stories as I’d like to, but I thought I’d share a few photos today that help highlight the diversity of beetles out there in grasslands.