This species, nearly 300 million years old, is estimated hundreds of millions years older, than humans. The Coleoptera (beetles), with about 400,000 species, is the largest of all orders, constituting almost 40% of described insects and 25% of all known animal life-forms, and growing. Even the curculionidae (weevils), with some 83,000 member species, belong to this order.
Found commonly in every region except sea, and polar. Check out Neolithic Architectures prehistoric chart of beetles. Wow that’s some old, useful information.
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“Beetle”. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Aug 2022