The most recent checklist of beetles of the British Isles includes species in families, listed in taxonomic order below. Click on the links to obtain more information about each family, including identification guides, websites and where appropriate recording schemes. This guide has been prepared by Mark Gurney. I find the easiest way to identify a beetle is to look through a reference collection of well-carded specimens. You need a museum for this, which is not always convenient.
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Adults and larvae eat high-protein materials, such as animal hides and furs, feathers, meat, cheese, dry pet foods and dead animals or insects. You will notice a larder beetle problem in the next season, if large numbers of these insects die off. You may see a few adult larder beetles inside your home in spring. This does not mean that there is an infestation.
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Caterpillars are the immature stage of butterflies and moths. Most furry caterpillars eat leaves though a few eat clothes , and almost all of them will eventually become moths. Many hairy caterpillars can sting or cause allergic reactions upon contact, so take care when handling any fuzzy caterpillars no matter how harmless and cute they might seem! During the warm months, it's not uncommon to find caterpillars crawling on the ground or hanging out on trees or bushes.
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