by Val Cervenka
I'm a huge beetles fan. Oh, I love the Beatles too, but insects in the group Coleoptera (co-lee-OP-ter-ah) are the real rock stars of the animal kingdom.
The best thing about beetles is that you will always be able to discover some you have never seen before because there are so many different kinds, or species. Depending on where you live, you can find hundreds of species of beetles in your own back yard. Look for them on flowers, under the bark of dead trees, under stones, in ponds, or even on a dead animal. Some colorful beetles shine like brilliant jewels. Some beetles are hidden because their earthy colors blend with the ground, trees, or rocks. Start your beetle search by looking for the beetles pictured on the following pages, all found in Minnesota.
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