Identify common beetles by using beetle and insect identification tools from some online education and resource sites, such as VirginiaTech and Insectidentification.org. These sites also display images and descriptions of different types of beetles in North America.
The VirginiaTech, an extension of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, operates a beetle identification tool for searching beetles according to size. To access the beetle ID tool, visit Insectid.ento.vt.edu, and then click Identification of Insects and Mites on the left sidebar menu. On its dropdown menu, click Household Insect Pest Identification, and then click Adult Insects on the next page. Click Beetle Group, and choose an option under the Identification of Beetles page. The ID tool shows black-and-white pictures of beetles and insects that closely resemble the beetle you identified.
Insectidentification.org has a list consisting of over 70 types of beetles commonly found in North America. The site provides images of beetles in high resolution and also contains comprehensive information about each beetle species, including category, common name, taxonomy and range in North America. The site also offers BugFinder, a quick ID tool to search for bugs by primary and secondary colors, number of legs, location and general category. Online users can also search different types of insects by state and category.