The heaviest insect in the world

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Amazing wildlife of our planet, amazing variety of all kinds of life forms: from the usual eye to quite exotic. And even some representatives of fauna like insects, in our view quite small, have their champions. One of them, despite the fact that the insect is called, has quite a big name - goliath beetle (Goliathus regius). Goliath Beetle is "title" of the heaviest beetle in the world, he also is the heaviest insect in the world.






His name was Goliath beetle, probably for its giant size. In the largest representatives of the male beetles -goliafov length of the body from the tips of the horns of the small to the very end of his abdomen can reach 11 centimeters, width of up to 6 centimeters. Females slightly smaller dimensions, the length of the body is from about 5 to about 8 centimeters. If we talk about the weight of the beetles, it comes to 100 grams. Goliath is quite strong, and it is very difficult to hold in their hands.




Habitat of this amazing insect - Upper Guinea, in tropical Africa. Goliath beetles belong to the family Scarabaeidae and are very "close relatives" May beetles, which we know well.

Painting goliath beetles, mostly black, but the head and other parts of the body white. The male on his head has a short branched horn. The female of this protuberance has not, but her head is shaped like a shield to dig, building cradles for eggs.




Goliath beetle larvae also have huge dimensions, the end of their length is 15 centimeters, and the weight comes to 110 grams. The food of the larvae is humus, and it happens that the younger siblings. Adult beetles feed on foliage Goliath on the tops of trees, tree sap and fruits overripe fruit trees.

More than 200 years ago, at the end of the XVIII century, Europeans learned about the existence of such an unusual insect beetle Goliath. He always prized by collectors of insects and is still cherished dream of many collectors.
God forbid meet a near beds of potatoes. All




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