Thursday, March 19, 2009

World's Heaviest Insect: Giant Beetles weigh up to a quarter pound!


Goliath Beetles weigh almost a quarter pound (think about a burger), and are the heaviest insects in the world. Being a species of a scarab beetle (which plays a major part in Ancient Egypt mythology), these creatures live mostly in Africa - but a beetle on the lower right image - Megasoma acteon (caleóptero) - lives in Equador and can easily crawl up the map to North America, if it so desires. Center photos: Scarab beetles in Ancient Egypt apparently were as big as a dog... which is a scary thought.

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GloryBug said...

And to think I thought this beetle in my house was big!


JosephAlsarraf said...

Wow! That's huge! I never knew bug's could get that big,it would be interesting to see one in real life. : )

Anonymous said...

I want one plz