Infuse any space with a sense of fun and imagination with "The Beetles"! Stacked in a living totem, these beloved creatures embody the joy of life's small wonders. A guaranteed conversation starter, source of joy, and wellspring of creativity. Every purchase supports the vital work of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, thank you!
Why save the beetles?
Fossil records show that beetles were abundant when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mesozoic Era, roughly 200 million years ago. They make up the largest order in the animal kingdom, and the largest group of pollinating animals because of their sheer numbers. Some 77,000 different species of beetle are believed to visit nearly 90% of the world’s 350,000 flowering plant species.
Beetles are the primary pollen transporters for numerous plant families, including magnolias, paw-paws, water lilies, and spicebush. As such, they play a unique role in wild plant reproduction and food production. Pollination is one of many ecosystem services provided by beetles. Ladybird beetles, for example, play a major role in keeping down populations of insects that feed on plants, such as aphids, mites, mealybugs and leafhoppers. Owing to the benefits for farming, ladybird beetles are widely considered talismans of good luck.
Follow these four simple steps to help beetles survive and thrive: grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides, and spread the word. Listen to The Beetles!