The main families

Depending on the classification, there are about 110 families of beetles; they are of very unequal size and importance.  In fact, there are some beetle families that consist of a single species, and others that have many thousands of species!  I illustrated here only the most significant families, or most represented on stamps. Indeed, the stamp issues do not always reflect the importance of a family. It is also necessary that the beetles which make it up have one "plus" which let them "stampified"...

For example, the Stag beetle family (Lucanidae) is very well represented on stamps, but almost only by males because of their very large and conspicuous mandibles. Conversely, the Rove beetle family (Staphylinidae), including a very great number of species, is represented only by three stamps. But the Rove beetles are generally small, do not have anything in particular for the layman, have generally dark colors and do not have economic interest - nothing that makes them attractive for stamp topics!

Up to date, there exists more or less 1000 stamps about beetles*. The first one was issued in 1948 by Chile and precisely shows... a stag beetle.

Chiasognathus grantii. CHILI, 1948.Chiadognathus grantii. CHILI, 1948.Chiasognathus grantii. CHILI, 1948.

These 1000 stamps are distributed among all the families listed here (with very few exceptions), but the same species can be represented several times. To take again our example, a member of Lucanidae, the stag beetle Lucanus cervus has the record of 24 issues.

Along with the Lucanidae, the Scarab beetle family (more than 200 stamps), Long-horned beetle family (more than 155 stamps) and the Ground beetle family (Tiger beetles included) (more than 100 stamps) represent more than half of the beetles stamps issued to date.

 

* By counting only legitimate issues intended for use as postage.


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