Most think of beetles as little creatures of light with multi-colored wings and a peaceful buzzing in the eternal brightness of day, but not all beetles are innocent jewels of Mother Nature. Although scholars have written much about them, they are not nearly as interesting as their bigger relatives.
The beetles of Nadirim can grow to unimaginable proportions. Some of them weigh as much as hounds, but their real strength are in numbers – they never appear alone. The males are quite fierce; they fight each other as much as they fight intruders, and that makes them excellent for the arena. And if you think fighting a beetle does not sound like a heroic deed… try fighting a swarm.
Truth behind the mythAbout 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species), and new species are discovered frequently. Some estimates put the total number of species, described and undescribed, as high as 100 million.
The diversity of beetles is very wide-ranging. They are found in almost all types of habitats, but are not known to occur in the sea or in the polar regions. They interact with their ecosystems in several ways. They often feed on fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates.
Beetles are generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings (elytra). This design provides armored defenses while maintaining flexibility. The general anatomy of a beetle is quite uniform, although specific organs and appendages may vary greatly in appearance and function between the many families in the order. Like all insects, beetles' bodies are divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen.
Beetles play roles in modern culture. One example is in insect fighting for entertainment and gambling. This sport exploits the territorial behavior and mating competition of certain species of large beetles. Enthusiasts collect and raise various species of insects for fight. Among beetles the most popular are large species of Stag Beetle, Rhinoceros Beetle, Kabutomushi, and Goliath Beetle.