Conservation Training

Fire beetles, fireflies, and everything beetles

June 26, 2023

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Online

It is estimated that insects account for more than 70% of all animal species on the planet (yes, they are animals). Beetles – the Order Coleoptera – make up around 40% of all known insect species. Doing the math, more than one of every four animal species on Earth is some kind of beetle – and countless more species remain to be discovered and formally named. So, what is the difference between a fire beetle and a firefly (not a fly) – and, for that matter, a glowworm (not a worm)? Come find out as we explore some of the Wisconsin beetle natural history and biodiversity, examine a reference collection of common beetle families, and dive into some of the common literature, books and on-line resources. Oh, and by all means – bring your beetle questions (including specimens you are wondering about), as well!