Analyn Cabras studies beetles. That’s a big job. There are more than 400,000 species of beetles on Earth. They can be found on every continent but Antarctica. They can live where it’s hot or cold. They can live where it’s wet or dry. Some are really tiny. Others are as big as your hand!

Cabras researches beetles in the Philippines.

This beetle is about the size of Cabras' thumbnail.

Cabras looks for beetles on Mindanao. It is an island in the Philippines. Not much is known about the beetles that live here. This place has not been studied much.



Cabras looks at a beetle up close.

Island Surprises

So far, Cabras’ work has been full of surprises. She has found many beetles called jeweled weevils. She has also found many new beetles. “It feels like every time we go into the field, we discover at least one new species,” she says. She and her team found four new species in one small stretch. That’s a lot!

Know Your Scientist

In her work studying beetles, Analyn Cabras plays many roles:


an expert on living organisms


a person who studies or collects beetles


a person who acts for the protection of the environment and wildlife


an expert in the relations of organisms to one another and to their natural surroundings


a biologist that names and groups organisms into categories