Brilliant British beetles

This month’s issue of Eco Kids Planet magazine is all about tiny wildlife.

There are 4,000 beetle species here the UK, from the tiny featherwing that can sit on the head of a pin to the battling stag beetle, measuring nearly 8cm (including the antler-like horns that inspired its name).

I just love our native beetles. They are all colours, shapes and sizes and have an amazing range of skills – some glow, some stink, some eat poop and some tunnel in wood.

Entomologist Steve Garland of The Wildlife Trusts was on hand to answer some readers’ questions all about this cool little creatures.

My craft from this month’s issue was easy-to-make Button Bugs.

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