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12 unbelievable beetle species

By: Catie Leary on March 1, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Metallic wood-boring jewel beetle

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Close-up on coleopteras

Believe it or not, beetles represent 40 percent of all known and described insect species, a staggering statistic that's only overshadowed by another statistic: they represent about 25 percent of all life on Earth.

Due to the sheer magnitude of the species, it's not surprising to learn that there's great diversity within the order of Coleoptera, from the pincer-like mandibles of stag beetles to the gem-like hardened forewings, called elytras, of jewel beetles, pictured left.

Continue on to learn more about the strange and sometimes beautiful world of beetles.