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When it comes to beetles, we often need all the help we can get. Luckily, there are plenty of great guides, blogs, and web pages available crammed with information, for all kinds of ability levels! 

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A superb photo resource-perfect for picture matching! 

British and Irish Beetles Facebook Page
An awesome community of serious amateurs, not only is there some great people willing to help with identifications, you can also see what everyone else is finding! 

UK Beetles
Lots of info, some of it very in-depth on UK beetle species. 

John Walters
Beetle identification guides, perfect for people new to the group.

Carrion Beetle recording scheme 
A great ID resource for carrion beetles.

Mark Gurneys Weevil Guide
A completely free resource that covers almost every UK weevil species. Great for all abilities. 

Mikes Insect Keys 
The Marvellous Mike Hackstone spends his spare time translating European keys to English, not always the most simple keys but they are free, and for a long time were the only accessible keys to many beetle families. If you want to try keying for the first time, but don't want to commit to some very expensive books first- this is a great place to start! 

British Scarabs
The first port of call if you want to look at dung beetles and chafers. Lots of great photographic ID guides, trapping techniques and recording guidance. 

The 5th Beetle
A great blog with some fantastic snippets of information from Martin Fowlie


Coleopterists Society of Britain and Ireland
A free-to-join society which promotes the study of beetles! 


Watkins & Doncaster
The Uk's oldest entomological equipment supplier.

Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies
Not just for butterflies and moths, a great place to purchase nets and field equipment.

Hands down the best place to purchase pins and cards. Be aware of postage costs though as these are based in the Czech Republic. 

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