Beetles represent the largest Order of insects, containing over 250,000 described species. Beetle groups include tiger beetles, ground beetles, water beetles, whirligig beetles, fungus beetles, rove beetles, stag beetles, scarab beetles, wood-boring beetles, click beetles, fireflies, dermestids, ladybird beetles, darkling beetles, longhorn beetles, blister beetles, leaf beetles, weevils and many others.
This Brazilian Chrysolmelid leaf beetle clearly displays bright coloration characteristic to this group. All Chrysomelids are believed to be phytophagous (plant eaters) and as a group they are responsible for considerable plant destruction. Different group target fruit trees, asparagus, grains, potatoes, grapes, cucumbers, corn, elm, eggplants, tomatoes and many other plants. As an added detriment to the plant beyond general consumption are various plant diseases transmitted by these beetles. When disturbed, these beetles will often drop to the ground and feign death.