Netherlands - Beetles & Bugs

On this page you will find pictures of all kind of beetles and bugs, photographed by me in the Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Northern Dune Tiger Beetle - Basterdzandloopkever
  2. Green Tiger Beetle - Groene Zandloopkever
  3. Ground Beetle sp. - Bosbulldozer
  4. Ground Beetle sp. - Pterostichus oblongopunctatus
  5. European Ground Beetle - Tuinschalebijter
  6. Dung Beetle sp. - Bosmestkever
  7. Garden Chafer - Rozenkever
  8. Cockchafer - Meikever
  9. Common Burying Beetle - Gewone Doodgraver
  10. Common Burying Beetle - Krompootdoodgraver
  11. Soldier Beetle sp. - Zwartpootsoldaatje
  12. Soldier Beetle sp. - Geel Soldaatje
  13. Common Red Soldier Beetle - Kleine Rode Weekschild
  14. Soft-winged Flower Beetle - Basterdweekschildkever
  15. Click Beetle sp. - Kniptor sp.
  16. Alder Leaf Beetle - Elzenhaantje
  17. Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle - Hennepnetelgoudhaantje
  18. Leaf Beetle sp. - Bladhaantje sp.
  19. Wasp Beetle sp. - Kleine Wespenbok
  20. Red Longhorn Beetle - Gewone Smalboktor
  21. Four-banded Longhorn Beetle - Vierbandsmalbok
  22. Varied Carpet Beetle - Tapijtkever
  1. Weevil sp. - Gevlekte Aardsnuitkever
  2. Black Vine Weevil - Gegroefde Lapsnuitkever
  3. Nettle Weevil - Groene Bladsnuitkever
  4. Weevil sp. - Groene Struiksnuitkever
  5. Strawberry Blossom Weevil - Anthonomus rubi
  6. 7-spot Ladybird - Zevenstippelig Lieveheersbeestje
  7. 14-spot Ladybird - Veertienstippelig LHB
  8. 22-spot Ladybird - Citroenlieveheersbeestje
  9. Harlequin Ladybird - Oranjerood Veelkleurig LHB
  10. Harlequin Ladybird - 2-stippelig Zwart Veelkl. LHB
  11. Harlequin Ladybird - 4-stippelig Zwart Veelkl. LHB
  12. Dock Bug - Zuringwants
  13. Western Conifer Seed Bug - Bladpootwants
  14. Green Shield Bug - Groene Stinkwants
  15. Cabbage Bug - Koolwants
  16. Sloe Bug - Bessenwants
  17. Red-legged Shield Bug - Roodpootschildwants
  18. Plant Bug sp. - Blindwants sp.
  19. Hawthorn Shield Bug - Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
  20. Parent Bug - Berkenwants
  21. Birch Shieldbug - Berkenschildwants

Northern Dune Tiger Beetle
Basterdzandloopkever
(Cicindela hybrida)

Naardermeer, Naarden
2 May 2015

Green Tiger Beetle
Groene Zandloopkever
(Cicindela campestris)
Naardermeer, Naarden
2 May 2015

Ground Beetle sp.
Bosbulldozer
(Abax parallelepipedus)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
23 July 2011
Ground Beetle sp.
Loopkever sp.
(Pterostichus oblongopunctatus)
Lochemse berg, Lochem
24 March 2012
European Ground Beetle
Tuinschalebijter
(Carabus nemoralis)

Dwingelderveld NP, Spier
24 July 2012
Dung Beetle sp.
Bosmestkever
(Geotrupes stercorosus)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
23 July 2011

Garden Chafer
Rozenkever
(Phyllopertha horticola)

In my yard, Hilversum
25 May 2014

Hundreds of adult Garden Chafers can sometimes be found within a few square metres of short grass.
The larvae feed underground on the roots of grasses and can become a considerable pest of lawns.

Cockchafer
Meikever (Melolontha melolontha)
In my yard, Hilversum
29 April 2012
Common Burying Beetle
Gewone Doodgraver
(Nicrophorus vespilloides)

Naardermeer, Naarden
5 June 2014

There are four similar species, but N. vespilloides is the only one to have all black antennae.
Being one of the burying beetles, it's diet is carrion (dead small animals and birds) which it buries in the ground to provide a food source for the young once they hatch.

Common Burying Beetle
Krompootdoodgraver
(Nicrophorus vespillo)
Bovenmeent, Naarden
20 July 2010

12 to 22 mm. This species is identified by the combination of orange antennal clubs, an interrupted anterior red elytral band, the hind tibia (shin segment of the leg) being concave on the inside edge and the presence of golden hairs on the fore margin of the pronotum.

Soldier Beetle sp.
Zwartpootsoldaatje
(Cantharis fusca)
Utrechtseweg, Hilversum
13 May 2013

This species is common in large parts of Europe, and lives in bushes, edges of forests, and meadows. They hunt for small insects.
They are very cold-resistant, and can be seen crawling on the snow in winter.

Soldier Beetle sp.
Geel Soldaatje (Cantharis livida)
Naardermeer, Naarden
5 June 2014

These soldier beetles can be found on flowers, trees and shrubs from May to July, hunting for small insects.
Also the larvae are predators, feeding om snails and earthworms
Common Red Soldier Beetle
Kleine Rode Weekschild
(Rhagonycha fulva)
Molenpolder
27 July 2011
Soft-winged Flower Beetle
Basterdweekschildkever
(Anthocomus coccineus)
Oostvaardersplassen
4 August 2011
Click Beetle sp.
Kniptor sp. (Elateridae sp.)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

The family Elateridae is commonly called Click Beetles or Snapping Beetles.
Their body can produce a "click" which can bounce the beetle into the air. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself.
Alder Leaf Beetle
Elzenhaantje (Agelastica alni)
Naardermeer, Naarden
26 April 2014
Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle
Hennepnetelgoudhaantje
(Chrysolina fastuosa)

Molenpolder
27 July 2011
Leaf Beetle sp.
Bladhaantje sp. (Lochmaea sp.)
In my yard, Hilversum
30 March 2014

This is either Lochmaea suturalis or Lochmaea caprea.
Wasp Beetle sp.
Kleine Wespenbok (Clytus arietis)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

Clytus arietis is a wasp-mimicking longhorn beetle species that reaches 918 millimetres in length, and flies well in sunshine from May to July, often visiting flowers for pollen and nectar.
It is harmless but is protected by its wasp-like colours and movements.
Red Longhorn Beetle
Gewone Smalboktor
(Corymbia rubra)

Dwingelderveld NP, Spier
24 July 2012
Four-banded Longhorn Beetle
Vierbandsmalbok
(Leptura quadrifasciata)

Naardermeer, Naarden
5 June 2014

A likely confusion species is Rutpela maculata. The difference between the two is that Rutpela maculata has black-yellow antennae and Leptura quadrifasciata has all black antennae.
Varied Carpet Beetle
Tapijtkever (Anthrenus verbasci)
In my house, Hilversum
15 April 2014

This beetle of the family Dermestidae can be a serious household pest as it eats natural fibers in carpets, furniture, and clothing.
They also damage natural history museums, where it eats exhibits and things like insect collections, which are more nutritionally rich than carpets.

Weevil sp.
Gevlekte Aardsnuitkever
(Liophloeus tessulatus)

Biesbosch, Werkendam
15 May 2013

This fairly common weevil (11 mm) feeds on a wide range of common wild plants. As most weevils, it can't fly. This species can reproduce by parthenogene-sis, meaning that, in some cases, females can reproduce by laying eggs without any action of males.
It can be distinguished from the very similar Black Vine Weevil (next photo) by the first segment of the antenna being shorter than the maximum width of the pronotum.

Black Vine Weevil
Gegroefde Lapsnuitkever
(Otiorhynchus sulcatus)

In my yard, Hilversum
1 May 2014

The first segment of the antenna of the Black Vine Weevil is longer than the maximum width of the pronotum (the broad area just behind the head). In comparison with Liophloeus tessulatus (previous photo), Black Vine Weevil has a comparitively small pronotum. It also has pronounced 'spurs' on its femurs (thigh bone) whereas those on L. tessulatus are reduced to small lumps on the underside of the femurs.

Nettle Weevil
Groene Bladsnuitkever
(Phyllobius pomaceus)

Sarsven/De Banen, Nederweert
7 May 2012

The genus Polydrusus (next photo) and Phyllobius include beetles that look alike, but the frontlegs of Polydrusus species are smooth; those of Phyllobius species have a little spike that points backwards.
In addition, Phyllobius species have antennae that grow from the top of the snout; Polydrusus species have antennae that grow from the side of snout.

Weevil sp.
Groene Struiksnuitkever
(Polydrusus sericeus)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

The genus Polydrusus and Phyllobius (previous photo) include beetles that look alike, but the frontlegs of Polydrusus species are smooth; those of Phyllobius species have a little spike that points backwards.
In addition, Phyllobius species have antennae that grow from the top of the snout; Polydrusus species have antennae that grow from the side of snout.

Strawberry Blossom Weevil
Snuitkever sp. (Anthonomus rubi)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

This is a very small weevil (around 2.5 - 3mm) that feeds on all kinds of rose plants and is an important pest of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. The female weevil uses her snout to stab a hole into an unopened flower bud (see photo). She then turns round and places an egg right into the hole and into the centre of the flower bud.

7-spot Ladybird
Zevenstippelig Lieveheersbeestje
(Coccinella septempunctata)
Utrecht
7 July 2011

14-spot Ladybird
Veertienstippelig Lieveheersbeestje
(Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013
22-spot Ladybird
Citroenlieveheersbeestje
(Psyllobora 22-punctata)

Laarder Wasmeer, Laren
9 August 2014

The brightest of the yellow ladybirds, it always has 22 spots, which rarely join up.
It is a very small ladybird: 3 to 4.5 mm.
There are two colour varieties, one where the pronotum is yellow, the other where it is white.
Unlike most other ladybirds which feed on plant lice, 22-spot Ladybird eats mildew.

Harlequin Ladybird
Oranjerood Veelkleurig Lieveheersbeestje
(Harmonia axyridis form succinea)

De Stulp, Lage Vuursche
19 July 2010

There are many colour pattern varieties of the Harlequin Ladybird.
Three of the morphological forms of Harmonia axyridis found in The Netherlands are:
- f. succinea (red/orange, 0-19 dots)
- f. conspicua (black, 2 red dots, next photo and also RoE),
- f. spectabilis (black, 4 red dots, after next photo and also RoE)

Harlequin Ladybird
Tweestippelig Zwart Veelkleurig Lieveheersbeestje
(Harmonia axyridis form conspicua)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013
Harlequin Ladybird
Vierstippelig Zwart Veelkleurig Lieveheersbeestje
(Harmonia axyridis form spectabilis)
De Nieuwe Wulven, Houten
18 August 2011

Dock Bug
Zuringwants
(Coreus marginatus)
's Graveland
31 August 2011

The Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) is a herbivorous species in the family Coreidae.

Western Conifer Seed Bug
Bladpootwants
(Leptoglossus occidentalis)
In my house, Hilversum
28 February 2014

It is originally from the USA and introduced into Europe in 1999. It is fairly big: 2 cm long.
This bug of the family Coreidae feeds on pines and is attracted to light and may enter buildings in search of hibernation sites.
It is unable to bite or sting but it will give off a strong odor as defense if molested.

Green Shield Bug
Groene Stinkwants
(Palomena prasina)
's Graveland
31 August 2011

The Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) is a shield bug of the family Pentatomidae.

Cabbage Bug
Koolwants
(Eyrydema oleracea)
's Graveland
31 August 2011

The Cabbage Bug (Eyrydema oleracea) is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae.

Sloe Bug
Bessenwants
(Dolycoris baccarum)
's Graveland
31 August 2011

The Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae.

Red-legged Shield Bug
Roodpootschildwants
(Pentatoma rufipes)
's Graveland
31 August 2011

Also called Forest Bug. 11-14 mm.
It is a common and widespread species found in forests (especially oak) and woodlands.
Adults are brown with orange legs. They are partly predatory, sometimes feeding on caterpillars and other insects as well as fruits.

Plant Bug sp.
Blindwants sp.
(Miris striatus)
Vledder
25 May 2012

Miris striatus is a species of bug in the family Miridae.

Hawthorn Shield Bug
Schildwants sp.
(Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

In my yard, Hilversum
29 August 2012

Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale is a species in the family Acanthosomatidae.
It resembles the Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus; next photo), but the triangel on its back is green whereas the triangel of the Birch Shieldbug has more colours, sometimes with yellow or even orange or red.

Parent Bug
Berkenwants (Elasmucha grisea)
In my yard, Hilversum
19 October 2014

Birch Shieldbug
Berkenschildwants
(Elasmostethus interstinctus)

Putten
29 July 2014

This is most likeli Elasmostethus interstinctus.
However, from a photo it cannot be distinguished from the very similar, however rare, Elasmostethus minor which is only found on Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum) with which it feeds itselves. Unlike E. interstinctus, the underside of E. minor's hind body doesn't show two corners that point out.

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