Beetles in Kentucky

Kentucky has several beetle species thriving here from ground to scarabs, ladybird to blister, distributed throughout. The Japanese beetle is among the most familiar ones thriving in the central part and further eastward, known to infest grapes and rose. Another abundantly found beetle, mostly occupying parts of eastern Kentucky, is the six-spotted tiger beetle, the state’s commonest tiger beetle species.

The list of pests continues, with the leaf and ground beetle species, alongcol3 the small carpet and drugstore beetles, being major outdoor and indoor pests.

When talking about Kentucky beetles, mentioning the presently extinct Tatum Cave beetle is a mandate. It was first spotted in 1957 and seemed to stop existing from 1965 as eight surveys conducted since then failed to trace the beetle.

Beetles in Kentucky (KY)

Largest Beetles: Hercules Beetle, Eastern Hercules Beetle, Japanese Beetle

Smallest Beetles: Black Carpet Beetle, Varied Carpet Beetle, Cigarette Beetle, Drugstore Beetle

Most Common Beetles: Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Japanese Beetle

Here is the list of beetles found in Kentucky arranged in order of the family they belong to.

Ground Beetles

  • Black Caterpillar Hunter Beetle (Calosoma sayi)
  • Woodland Ground Beetle (Carabus sylvosus)
  • Big-headed Ground Beetle (Scarites subterraneus)
  • Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

Soldier Beetles

Ladybird Beetles

Stag Beetles

Scarab Beetles

  • Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

Rhinoceros Beetles

  • Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)
  • Eastern Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus)

Leaf Beetles

Darkling Beetles

Silvan Flat Bark Beetles

  • Sawtoothed Grain Beetle (Oryzaephilus surinamensis)

Ptinidae Beetles

  • Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne)
  • Drugstore Beetle (Stegobium paniceum)

Skin Beetles

  • Black Carpet Beetle (Attagenus unicolor)
  • Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci)

True Weevils

Longhorn Beetles

  • Banded Ash Borer Beetle (Neoclytus caprea)

Blister Beetles