God's Darling: Beetles
With more than 350,000 different species, beetles make up one-fourth of all known animal species. Thanks in part to their armored exoskeletons, these ancient insects have survived every mass extinction of the last 240 million years. They boast an astonishing variety of adaptations, from ruthless hunters to deep divers and flying acrobats, and can be found in nearly every region of the planet. Discover how the humble beetle outlived dinosaurs and conquered the world, and witness the 21st century threats that now have beetles on the defensive.