Keys for the identification of British Coleoptera

Welcome to my selection of illustrated identification aids for insects.  The amazing diversity of insects illustrates and celebrates the creativity and imagination of God and my hope is that you will not only find these keys useful and attractive but also that they would lead you to worship.
These dichotomous keys are designed for use on screen.  I would like to envisage them being used on a PC at home or in a lab, or used in the field, for example on a smart phone or tablet.  They are not designed to be printed.  The layout with one couplet for each page is deliberate and moving through the keys should be possible using the hyperlinks, or if using a tablet, by swiping through the document.

It is my conviction that good quality keys should be available online for all users freely so that advances in natural history knowledge are not hampered at the firs
t hurdle of identification. 
My first coleoptera keys were updated and illustrated versions of the keys to British coleoptera published by Joy in 1932.  Since some of the out of print Handbooks for
the Identification of British Insects have now been published on the web under a Creative Commons License I have started to write illustrated keys with updated nomenclature based on these as well.  You will also find a growing number of keys that I have translated and adapted from French and German works including those by Arved Lompe who has given me permission to translate and publish here.

If you find the keys helpful please let me know.  I am very keen to improve them so if you find anything that needs changing, is unclear, or requires clarification please contact me on mikesinsectkeysATgmail.com.

I am also a keen botanist and am trying to write illustrated keys for the plants of North Hampshire in southern England.  Follow the blog at http://mikehackston.blogspot.co.uk where notifications of any updates to keys will be posted.


    Aderidae                   Apionidae                Anthicidae              Anthribidae               Attelabidae       
    Biphyllidae               Bostrichidae            Bothrideridae          Buprestidae               Byrrhidae                  Byturidae
    Cantharidae              Carabidae                Cerambycidae         Cerylonidae               Chrysomelidae          Ciidae              Clambidae       Cleridae       Colydiidae         Cryptophagidae        Cucujidae         Curculionidae
    Dasytidae                  Dermestidae            Dryophthoridae       Dryopidae
    Endomychidae          Erotylidae  
    Geotrupidae              Gyrinidae
    Haliplidae                 Heteroceridae           Histeridae
    Laemophloeidae       Lampyridae              Latridiidae               Leiodidae                   Lucanidae               Lycidae                      Lymexylidae
    Megalopodidae         Melandryidae            Meloidae                 Monotomidae             Mordellidae             Mycetophagidae
    Nanophyidae            Nitidulidae                Noteridae
    Oedemeridae            Orsodacnidae
    Ptinidae                    Pyrochroidae
    Salpingidae               Scirtidae                   Scraptiidae              Silphidae                  Silvanidae                Sphindidae       Staphylinidae
    Tenebrionidae           Tetratomidae             Throscidae               Trogidae                   Trogossitidae 

For keys to Diptera - go to https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeys2

For keys to Hymenoptera and other insect orders - go to https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeyshymenoptera/