What is the simplest way to recognize a beetle?
a) from its head
b) from its wings
c) from its legs
Although the head and legs can tell you a lot about an insect, the simplest way to tell a beetle from other insects is from its wings. The forewings of a beetle (called elytra) are hard and cover the back. So when you see an insect with a line down the center where the two elytra meet you can be sure that you are looking at a beetle.
Taken from this week's #CreteNature Blog: A Bush Full of Beetles