Wikipedia:WikiProject Beetles

WikiProject Beetles
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Male stag beetle (Lucanus cervus); one of the most recognisable beetles.
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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 is 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 progressEdit

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 protracted period of decline, becoming semi-active and just nearly reached the inactive point. The project remained totally inert until late 2014, when it was revived by the efforts of a group of dedicated editors, beginning with User:Gug01 and expanding to include User:Mishae (who was later blocked), User: Wilhelmina Will, and User: Hectonichus. Since then, the project has expanded exponentially. There are now more and higher-quality articles about beetles on Wikipedia than at any other point in Wikipedia's history.

For progress, see /Progress.

Hot articles
11 edits Coleoptera paleobiota of Burmese amber
6 edits Whirligig beetle
6 edits Mecyclothorax molokaiae
4 edits Asphaera
3 edits Lucidota atra
3 edits Scalenus
3 edits Turbott's weevil
2 edits Mormolyce phyllodes
2 edits Hemicrepidius californicus
2 edits Dytiscidae
These are the articles that have been edited the most within the last seven days. Last updated 27 September 2022 by HotArticlesBot.


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

  1. User:Daniel Mietchen — involved in organizing the biodiversity literature and harvesting information from there for reuse on Wikimedia projects
  2. User:Gug01 - am interested in the family Carabidae, 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 - General amateur coleopterist, usually creating pages and righting wrongs. Often found updating the WikiProject's pages.
  8. User:IExistToHelp- I won many competitions about beetles when I was in grade and middle school.
  9. User:Ds2320 - happy to help where needed
  10. User:Million Moments - specialist in plant pests
  11. user:fourdots2 I am interested in coccinellidae particularly those in the UK :)
  12. Barbara How could anyone NOT love beetles?
  13. User:Hat theif - I think they're lovely. I'm willing to bring my efforts to the table!
  14. User:BeataDunne Working on User:Pengo/missing_insects. Got practiced finding information, especially about beetles for my Bachelor thesis
  15. User:Leomk0403
  16. Judgesurreal777 (talk) 20:06, 7 February 2022 (UTC)
  17. Kayenator (talk) 20:23, 7 February 2022 (UTC)
  18. User:Rugoconites_Tenuirugosus (talk) 19:46 , 8 February 2022 (UTC)


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


Stub templatesEdit

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}} {{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 bannerEdit

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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