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Beetles are a diverse and wide-ranging class of insects in the order Coleoptera generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings, and often an indistinct separation of body segments.


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  • O'er folded blooms
    On swirls of musk,
    The beetle booms adown the glooms
    And bumps along the dusk.
    • James Whitcomb Riley, The Beetle; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 64.
  • And often, to our comfort, shall we find
    The sharded beetle in a safer hold
    Than is the full-winged eagle.

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